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

WACO 2022/23 Artistic Season

Performing Arts

January 16, 20, 21, 22

Known for their impressively expansive range of genres including neo-soul, r&b, gospel, rap and anime music, South Side Symphony Orchestra wants you to know the future is Black. READ MORE

February 17, 18
May 12, 13

We present artists Darrell ‘Friidom’ Dunn and Jade Solomon Curtis, as they develop new works for the 21st century Black cannon. READ MORE

April 28 – May 21

WACO Theater presents the world premiere of Marty and the Hands that Could by award-winning playwright Josh Wilder in collaboration with Watts Village Theatre Company. READ MORE

June 17, 18, 19

In partnership with Newark Symphony Hall and Yendor Theatre Company WACO presents the film adaptation of Black Terror written by Richard Wesley and directed by Richard Lawson. READ MORE

Visual Arts

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


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

Angels & Warriors Mentorship

WACO’s signature mentorship program for young people, was created to foster artistic creation, self-expression, and confidence in middle and… READ MORE

3rd Annual

Films for Teens By Teens Festival

June 24

WACO Theater Center in association with Richard Lawson Studios, presents the Films For Teens By Teens 3rd annual program and film festival. Utilizing film as a tool for self-expression, communication, and mental health awareness… READ MORE

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