Our Work

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.”

- Vanessa Bell Calloway in Letters From Zora

"Our music in our time"

- SouthSide Symphony

"My body holds the science, my mind the memories, and my spirit the energy of the community."

- Jade Solomon in Black Like Me: Exploration of the Word Nigger

OUR 2021-2022 PROGRAMS

Performing Arts

BLACK TERROR

WACO has partnered with Newark Symphony Hall (NSH), currently hosting the Yendor Theatre Company (YTC). “Black Terror” written by Richard Wesley, will be directed by Richard Lawson… READ MORE

Verbosity Perfoming on WACO's "I Got The Mic"

I GOT THE MIC: POETIC EXPERIENCE

Fixated on wordplay, metaphors, expression, and creative storytelling, “I Got The Mic: Poetic Experience” is a series of virtual experiences featuring a Poetry Jam that showcases poets, … READ MORE

Color image of Titus dancing snap shot

THE EVOLUTION OF AFRICAN DANCE

Exploring specific dance moves from their origins in Africa and connect them to their cultural prominence and significance in the United States and throughout … READ MORE

Visual Arts

2022 WEARABLE ART GALA

This year, we celebrate fashions of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, reliving the history and cultural vibrancy of Harlem, New York. From fashion, music, and dancing… READ MORE

VISUAL ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

WACO showcases and represents the work of visual artists across artistic mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture and more…READ MORE

Education

Tina's Angels and Richard's Warriors pose in a group and holding awards

RICHARD’S WARRIORS AND TINA’S ANGELS

WACO’s signature education programs for young people, Tina’s Angels and Richard’s Warriors were created to foster artistic creation, self-expression, and confidence in middle and … READ MORE

FILMS FOR TEENS BY TEENS

WACO Theater Center in association with Richard Lawson Studios, presents the Films For Teens By Teens inaugural program film festival. Utilizing film as a tool for self-expression, communication, and mental health awareness… READ MORE

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