Founded in 1978, the African Caribbean National Artistic Centre (ACNA) was established as a community organisation, mainly for people of African Caribbean/West Indian decent to think, act and work together towards its key priorities, to;
- Promote awareness of cultural heritage of Black people and a positive sense of identity, self respect and respect of others;
- Play a pivotal role between the Statutory and Voluntary organisations for the Black Community through the provision of information and advice that would meet the needs of the community.
- Encourage educational achievement for members (particularly young people) of the community through emotional support and self-development. Finally to promote social welfare and community participation for the most disadvantage members of the community.
Through the hard work and commitment of many of African Caribbean Community and members, over the last years 35 the ACNA has made a number of progress and achievements. However we recognise the growth in complex needs particularly for our ageing population and equally the impact of social deprivation amongst our younger generation. In order these two issues ACNA has pursued priorities to address the promotion of living a healthier lifestyle. Activities are created, developed and facilitated that encourage increase independency, awareness of choice towards improved wellbeing activities (planned by users led groups) that are more apt to our present, future members and users of all ages, equally respecting traditions and culture.
The Centre has become the place where citizens engaged and be empowered through workshops and in variety of partnership initiatives & projects identified as of paramount importance for the future of local Citizens in Nottingham. Our aim still is to; improve the quality of life for Nottingham citizens in particularly people of African Caribbean decent, the provision of Training & Support Services to individuals within the community and organisations that support such individuals.
The centre has a Social Club which supports functions that aquire the use of ACNA’s bar facilities. ACNA has had a fully licensed bar since 1978 which raise funds towards sustainability of the centre. It also have a Domino Club that meets regularly at the centre, the club provides opportunity its members to participate in this well-loved social sport through local regional and nationally domino tournaments activities.
ACNA Centre strives to;
- Be a place where local families, community and visitors are drawn in, embraced and supported.
- Offer people a place of sanctuary, relaxation, socialisation and a sense of ownership, through participation and community involvement.
- Ensure vulnerable people are encouraged and supported towards positive, social health, increased independency and wellbeing. Young people are supported and encouraged to reach their full potential in Educational achievement and Employment opportunities.
- Ensure that all Citizens be free and relax, to use/participate in ACNA’s services, facilities and activities.
- Be committed towards the advancement and development of all citizens (particularly those of West Indian and African decent) of Nottingham, through local regional and national activities.
- ACNA promotes equality and celebrates the rich diversity in Nottingham.