A premier arts training institution at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Moonlight Way in Liberty City, the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center is nationally-recognized for developing hundreds of outstanding artists in all arts disciplines over the last forty years.

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, formerly the Model City Cultural Arts Center, opened in 1975 with funding support from the Model City Program initiated by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

For more than 4 decades, AHCAC has served South Florida communities as an epicenter of African American culture, hosting high profile artists, celebrities, dignitaries, events and forums, such as the BET Teen Summit. Among the celebrated American cultural intuitions to visit AHCAC are Dance Theater of Harlem, National Black Theater Company and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

The Center has attracted a number of amazing artists throughout the years including Sherman Hemsley, Eartha Kitt, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Robert Townsend, Sir Rex Nettleford, R and B group After 7, Maurice Hines, Mercedes Ellington, The Delfonics, Billy Paul, Attalla Shabazz, Whitman Mayo, Gilbert Lewis, Allen Harris, Alice Day, Melton Mustafa, Panama Lewis, Ruby Baker, Bobby Stringer and Ruth ‘Silky’ Water, to name a few.


To provide quality training in dance, drama, instrumental music, vocal music, media, and visual art.

To develop in-house and visual arts companies via our apprenticeship arts program.

To support and assist emerging artist through our resident artist program

To provide quality performances and exhibitions

To promote and foster the rich and diverse cultural arts perspective of the people of the African Heritage




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