NACC seeks to create a café-cultural center in San Francisco that will become a gathering spot for the indigenous communities of the city. It will also welcome cultural events by other communities, and welcome the general public. The café will be a place where visual art
is displayed and sold, where the NACC Spoken Word Series is hosted,
where live music and dance performances are held, and where patrons
will be able to sample delicious indigenous food and drinks.
More importantly, it will showcase the unique depth and breadth
of indigenous artists in San Francisco, which has long been one
of the most important gathering spots for indigenous people
of the Western Hemisphere.
Currently NACC is one of three official homeless cultural centers in San
Francisco. For over 15 years it has staged its programs and events
in donated parks, rec centers, cafes, museums, libraries, and public
spaces. NACC works extensively with collaborative partners such as
other non-profits and city agencies to offer its programs. Despite its
lack of a gathering spot and home, it has won international acclaim for its
ground-breaking cultural programs, online education programs, and cultural advocacy for indigenous people.
Cafe Project Details: Stage One
The cultural café will be located near public transit, such as in the Mission or Mid-Market neighborhoods. The location should appeal to several markets: indigenous community, SF artists, neighborhood residents, visitors from the Northern California cultural region, and world tourists. The space is ideally 2,000 square feet, and contains a small preparation kitchen, barista serving area, small performance stage, wall art displays, and various ‘zones’ for patrons. The kitchen will hold permits by the City to support community catering. Hours will be from 8 am to 11 pm, with strong emphasis on regular evening cultural events.
NACC will organize cultural events at the café using existing City funding for cultural programming, as well as proceeds from the cafe. Activities that NACC already supports will be showcased at the café, thus bringing existing audiences into the new space. These activities include the NACC Spoken Word series, Earth Dance Theater, the Native Spring Festival, the Brush Arbor Girls – a Two Spirit drag act, and gallery showcases for local artists. NACC would like to incorporate a work training program into staffing for the cultural café to assist young indigenous artists in earning a living and job skills.
All of the benefits of a cafe/cultural center are extremely important to a healthy and vibrant indigenous community in San Francisco, including the cafe as a gathering spot, creative center, social venue, place to eat our own foods, catering site for community events, job training center, and place for artistic expression. These are all immediate needs by our community.
We are currently seeking City, State, and Federal assistance to start-up our cafe. If you know of private assistance or loan programs that may help as well, please contact us (info below).