Community Folk Art Center 50th Anniversary Celebration to Feature Ailey II Dance Company

Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary
with a performance by the Ailey II — Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, featuring emerging dance talent and Artistic Director Francesca Harper. The Ailey II performance will take place October 26, 2022 at the historic Landmark Theatre in Syracuse, New York. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Landmark Theatre box office. Special VIP tickets with premium seating are available through CFAC. Seating is limited.

VIP ticket holders are invited to a luncheon and art auction fundraiser on October 22, 2022 at 12 p.m. at the CFAC Gallery located at 805 E. Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13210. An exhibition of creative works from the cofounders of CFAC and historical photos of the organization will also be on display for viewing.

CFAC was founded in 1972 by the late Herbert T. Williams, a professor in the African American Studies Department at Syracuse University, in collaboration with other faculty and students, as well as local artists and Syracuse city residents. Under the leadership of the African American Studies Department, CFAC has become a thriving hub in Syracuse and the greater community for developing and promoting creative exploration of the African Diaspora. Its mission is to exalt cultural and artistic pluralism by collecting, exhibiting, teaching and interpreting the visual and expressive arts. In addition to Williams, CFAC founders include Shirley Harrison, Jack White, George Campbell Jr., Mary Schmidt Campbell, David MacDonald, and Basheer Alim.

“For 50 years, CFAC has helped share, preserve, and continue the histories and stories of the African Diaspora through the arts,” said Tanisha M. Jackson, Ph.D., executive director of CFAC, creator of Black Arts Speak, and professor of African American Studies at Syracuse University. “We are proud of the
community we serve, the setting for dialogue and interaction we provide, and the incredible programs and artists we support.”

CFAC planted its roots in a small storefront, then relocated to a converted auditorium on the East side of Syracuse, before finally settling into its current space in the heart of the Connective Corridor, where the building now functions as a multidisciplinary community art center and venue for community members to gather in the spirit of creative expression.

Public programming offered by CFAC includes exhibitions, film screenings, gallery talks, workshops and courses in studio and performing arts, and more. CFAC also offers a robust Creative Arts Academy that provides a gateway to the arts to middle school and high school students in the community.

In addition to the Ailey II performance, CFAC will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a variety of additional events. To learn more about events, visit the CFAC website. For more information about the gallery or tickets to the Ailey II performance, contact To support CFAC’s artistic and educational programming, visit the donate page of their website.

About the Community Folk Art Center

Founded in 1972, Community Folk Art Center, Inc. is a vibrant cultural and artistic hub committed to the promotion and development of artists of the African Diaspora. Our mission is to exalt cultural and artistic pluralism by collecting, exhibiting, teaching and interpreting the visual and expressive arts. Public programming includes exhibitions, film screenings, gallery talks, workshops and courses in the studio arts, including dance and ceramics. A proud unit of the Department of African American Studies, College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University, CFAC is a beacon of artistry, creativity and cultural expression within the Syracuse community, the region and the world.

About the Ailey II Dance Company

Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s finest early-career dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Founded by Alvin Ailey, the company embodies his pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Since its 1974 inception, Ailey II has flourished into one of the most popular modern dance companies, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs.

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