Impassioned by personal conviction for connecting communities through the arts, Drs. Marcia E. Heard and Doris E. Walker-Bennett, Houston Stevens (community activist and past president of the Ivy Hill-Vailsburg neighborhood association) and Tatiana Hrynyzyn (renown piano and vocal music teacher), created the Ivy Hill Vailsburg Center for Arts Culture and Community Activism (ACCA) in 2016. Programs in arts, culture, professional development, and community activism are offered to the public and scaled to make it possible to meet the budget of the communities we serve.
For the past four years, our programs have been mobile in order to bring arts education to community members who might not be able to otherwise participate. Performing and Technical Arts programs like Summer Arts, After-School, and In-School training, introduce and inspire students while furnishing the hands-on skills needed to work in any arts discipline on stage, in the office, or behind the scenes.
School curriculum, written to address the requirements and needs of State Core Curriculum Content Standards are augmented by ACCA Curriculum Design & Evaluation while Professional Development workshops make it convenient for education professionals to enrich their credentials through the arts.
Community Activism is important to designing a well-balanced life, so classes are designed in the Why and How to Be Active in Your Community beginning with training in self-awareness.
In a world of social media and virtual connection, we see ACCA programs as a place for connecting and networking face to face, having the arts in common.
ACCA is a relevant and inclusive art, culture and community activism organization. The arts unify communities of all regions, races, economics, sexual orientation, religions, and abilities. Our workshops, lectures, and productions cultivate family and community connection as well as participation in cultural, economic, and civic life.
The vision of ACCA is to reach beyond our immediate community, building and strengthening the quality of our programs and seeking partnerships that broaden community connections. We engage in shared opportunities with other groups and institutions with aligning visions. Quintessential to this vision is serving people of diverse racial, religious, ethnic, economic backgrounds, sexual orientation, and abilities.