In partnership with the African American Arts & Culture Complex (AAACC), every ADK order will come with a postcard featuring the art of artist Keith “K-Dub” Williams. The piece is called “She Rolls Proper” and more on K-Dub’s art and community work can be learned in this feature by the SF Chronicle.
Throughout 2020, we worked with the AAACC on a project to enliven the commercial corridors we occupy. By featuring the vibrant artwork of our community, we’re proud to be highlighting the diverse and creative culture the Bay Area is rooted in.
“Art has been at the forefront of progressive change throughout San Francisco history.”—Melonie Green, Co-Executive Director of the AAACC
Founded more than 40 years ago, the African American Art and Culture Complex is focused on nurturing and facilitating the empowerment of our community through Afro-centric artistic and cultural expression, mediums, education, and programming.
SUNSET LOCATION: 549 Irving St, San Francisco
“I am so proud of the BAMP team for the consistent effort they put into these plywood murals. This exhibition depicts an ongoing story of Black Excellence. We shine no matter the situation or pressure. Even in death, the victims of systemic racism continue to shine on.”—Andre Jones, BAMP Executive Director
Artwork at the Sunset location was completed by artists through the Bay Area Mural Project (BAMP), an organization dedicated to fostering collaborations through partnerships with community members, local organizations, artists, and businesses. The featured BAMP artists are: Ignacia, Justin Metoyer, Forced2fly, and Aaron Beitia.
NOE VALLEY LOCATION: 741 Diamond St, San Francisco
Artwork at the Noe Valley location was completed by a group of local independent artists.
“The title of this piece, “Time is all we got,” is paraphrased from a quote from J. Cole. In a time in which many of us are focused on the uncertainty of each moment, this piece is a reminder that no time is truly certain, except the past. We inherit the past, we exist in the present, and we invest our hope in the future.”
“This piece is a dedication to the many Black ancestors that gave their lives for the sake of progressive change of truth, freedom, health, and justice. This work titled, “Say Their Names,” depicts my From the Hill and Beyond series of work infused with a photo collage of Buffalo Soldiers who paved the way for railways and roads to California. While other parts of the mask show the Oakland Black Panther Party, along with Black San Francisco protestors of the 60s, paving the way for social justice. I today continue their works in every way that I can as an artist, teacher, life coach, and community member.”
“Enquiring minds want to know.”
Children come into this world culturally innocent. No one is born a racist. Racism is a product of societal conditioning; it’s a learned behavior that is either taught consciously or through complicity. This work explores the power of children, and their innate sense of curiosity. What would the world look like in 25 years if we stopped living in denial and started educating our children about the impact of racism and white supremacy?”
To see more of his work, please visit his Patreon and Instagram.