Great Plans In the Works

The work has just begun, and the vision is enormous. Find out all about our Cultural Center and the incredible plans that are underway.

The AACC hired Webb Management, Inc. to complete a thorough feasibility study of the Cultural Center and its impact on the community.  In November 2017, they produced a final report of their findings, which was presented to the Virginia Beach City Council.  

Conceptual Site Plan and Building Spaces

•25,000 square foot building

 

• Meeting rooms and cultural learning classrooms for Visual,            Performing and Literary Arts

 

• Multipurpose Hall (banquet/auditorium) with commercial kitchen

 

• Exhibits and exhibit spaces

 

• Offices and Restrooms

 

• Souvenir shop

 

• Outdoor Activity areas and public art

• Walking trails

• 90 parking spaces

• Natural Areas

• Relocated courts

• Buffer active areas from Cultural Center

• Preserve trees, replace trees removed

• Improved pedestrian connections

 

• Use entrance on Newtown Road

Blessing of the Land

The Blessing of the Land was the kickoff for the development of the African American Cultural Center.  See the Gallery and news articles below to find out about this important event.

Photo Gallery
News Coverage

November 03, 2016

Princess Ann Independent News - Blessing the land, looking ahead to the future home of African American Cultural Center in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH — During the ceremony this past month, before the blessing of 4.8 acres of Lake Edward Park that someday will be the home of the African American Cultural Center, young people worked at a row of tables adorned with canvases that, when united, form a greater work.

September 24, 2016

The Virginian-Pilot - "It was important to start on the right foot spiritually": Land is blessed for African American Cultural Center in Virginia Beach

The sound of the beating drums — steady, upbeat and soulful — set the tone Saturday for the blessing of the land ceremony at the site of what will be the African American Cultural Center.

The green space at the corner of Newtown Road and Hampshire Way is no longer just an empty area waiting for a building.

September 25, 2016

13 News Now - "Blessing of the Land" for new African-American Cultural Center

An African American Cultural Center is expected to go up in Virginia Beach. Project leaders came together to "bless" the land the building will be on in the near future. It's at the intersection of Newtown Road and Diamond Springs Road.

13News Now photojournalist Bonifacio Herrera was there.

September 24, 2016

Southside Daily - Ceremony Saturday at site of proposed African-American center

Spoken word, artifacts and gospel choirs only scratch the surface of the artistic lineup for Saturday’s “Blessing of the Land” ceremony.

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Interactive Mural Artwork

Interactive Mural Artwork

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

William Bowser, Dmitri Clawson and Baba Silki open the Blessing of the Land ceremony. Image courtesy of The Virginian-Pilot.

Baba Silki on drums

Baba Silki on drums

Image courtesy of the Virginian-Pilot.

Crowd stands for National Anthem

Crowd stands for National Anthem

Image courtesy of The Virginian-Pilot.

Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond speaks

Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond speaks

Image courtesy of The Princess Anne Independent News

Sheila Arnold Jones recites story

Sheila Arnold Jones recites story

"As long as you remember your history, it can never die." Image courtesy of The Princess Anne Independent News

E. George Minns

E. George Minns

President of the Seatack Community Civic League, said he hoped the city would do more to help build communities. Image courtesy of The Princess Anne Independent News

Rev. D.L. Williams and Ms. Baize

Rev. D.L. Williams and Ms. Baize

Pastor of Piney Grove Baptist Church. Image courtesy of The Princess Anne Independent News.

Tameka Neely signs tree art

Tameka Neely signs tree art

Image courtesy of The Princess Anne Independent News

Historic artifact display

Historic artifact display

Image courtesy of The Princess Anne Independent News

Panels united

Panels united

Image courtesy of The Princess Anne Independent News

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Historic artifact display

Image courtesy of The Princess Anne Independent News