Sankofa Cultural Arts & Business Center - Learn from the past, to build for the future.


The Sankofa Cultural Arts Center is the premier place for cultural entertainment, education, and empowerment of African-Americans on Chicago’s west side. The hidden jewel of Austin.
Sankofa provides a variety of classes, seminars, forums, workshops, and family-friendly entertainment in a warm, culturally- stimulating atmosphere.
We strive to educate people about African and African-American culture and history while providing a fun and safe place for all who visit.


 Here are some photos from our annual Natural Hair and Fashion Show.

Photos by J'Marie Photography.

Rhymefest performed a song from his upcoming CD.


Broken Arrow Saddle Club provided horses to entertain the kids.

Dozens of talented performers from across the Austin community graced the stage and thrilled the audience.

(left) Grammy-winning Rap artist Rhymefest performs.

Families had a great time enjoying, performances, food, games, and more.

Festivalgoers took advantage of free medical screenings in our health pavilion.

Vendors sold jewelry, clothing, accessories, t-shirts, handbags, beauty products, and more.

Some of the members of Red Bike and Green paid us a visit during one of their rolling bike tours across Chicago. 
Join us for an evening of great music  as some of the best musicians in the Chicago area gather at Sankofa for an exciting jam session.
Gospel, blues, R&B, and jazz.
Bring your instrument and join in the fun or just grab a seat and enjoy the show.
Free admission.

 Check us out on YouTube. Search Jammin at the Sankofa

Zumba Fitness
Tuesdays 7pm-8pm. Saturdays 10am-11am
Walk-ins $10 per class. Buy a package of 10 classes for just $50. This class is an exuberant mix of  Latin, African, Reggae, and Hip Hop.
Students should bring bottled water to class. Be prepared to sweat!

Thanks to all who attended our Natural Hair Care Panel: Lovin' My Hair! 
Check out some of the natural beauties who attended our last natural hair meet-up.
Spoken Word Artist Caprice Banks delighted and enlightened the audience with a spirited reading from her new book "Skinny Thoughts."
Photos courtesy of J'Marie Photography
 Hair experts Octavia Hooks, Emon Fowler, and Chris-Tia Donaldson offer advice on natural hair care.
Guests purchased hair care products, jewelry, books, t-shirts, bath & body products, and accessories from the numerous vendors who attended.
Check out our Events/Classes page to see more photos from "Lovin' My Hair."

Art workshops, African dance,
belly-dancing, quilting, jewelry- making, hand drumming, and chess lessons.
It is also our goal to help African-Americans live healthy lifestyles and make wise choices. With that in mind, we host seminars on health issues including AIDS/HIV prevention, teen pregnancy and parenting, managing diabetes, cancer prevention,  healthy eating and more.
The Sankofa Cultural Arts and Business Center was the proud recipient of a 2011 Golden Trumpet Award. 
The Publicity Club of Chicago recognizes our outstanding mural  project and dedication of:
With Austin Comes a Cure
"Austin Is Doing Something"
The Sankofa Cultural Arts Center
is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts and cultural organization dedicated to preserving and teaching the richness and beauty of African culture through dance, music, storytelling and the visual arts.

The Sankofa Center provides resources to help African-American owned businesses overcome common pitfalls and grow.  Business classes include workshops on writing business plans and detailed forums to address the specific needs of small business owners in the Chicago area.  Other classes focus on money management, investments, and home ownership.
Check out the premier business networking organization in

With Me Comes a Cure
Mural Project
"Austin Is Doing Something"
Winner of the 2011 Golden Trumpet Award

Sankofa Center Founder and Executive Director Stacia Crawford, speaks about what 
"Austin Is Doing Something"
means to the Sankofa Center.
Follow the video link below to hear clips from the event
Jonathan Briggs of the AIDS Foundation talks about the year- long mural creation process.
Senator Don Harmon addresses the crowd at the Mural Dedication ceremony.  Also pictured Alderman Deborah Graham (29th Ward) and Sister Yaw.
Sankofa Center Co-Founder, Malcolm Crawford, enjoys a job well done at the Mural Dedication ceremony.
The Kuumba Kids perform their Afri-Caribbean dance called, "Togetherness".

Have you always wanted to write a book, but don't know where to start? The Sankofa Center hosts Authors' Panels featuring writers who have self-published their books or worked with major publishing companies.
Pictured (left to right): Arlene P. Jones (Billion Dollar Winner)  CLTV Anchor Tonya Francisco (moderator) Shoya Bowman (Goodbye Don't Always Mean Gone ) John W. Fountain (True Vine) Katara Washington -Patton (Tynedale Publishing House)
Pictured right : Renowned author Dr. Stan West addresses the panel amidst the crowd of aspiring authors.
 Left: Panel author  Zondra Hughes signs copies of her book " The Ebony Life: Emails from the Plantation."
Authors Arlene Jones (Billion Dollar Winner) and Nicole Jones (Dare to Walk in My Shoes) offer advice to aspiring writers.
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