WGSAC Mission

Founded in 1977, William Grant Still Arts Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs offering summer camp, creative workshops, music and art classes for adults and youth, an exhibition space, concerts, and places for community meetings and the neighborhood to come together.

The Center offers:

  • Art, movement, and music classes for seniors, adults, teens, and children, including early childhood education;
  • Professionally-produced exhibitions including the annual Black Doll Show for over 35 years and the African-American Composers Exhibition and Education series that displays archives and teaches music/art through the life and work of a selected composer;
  • Art & Jazz Summer Day Camp for ages 3-12;
  • Jazz-based ensemble instruction;
  • Partnerships with teachers at local schools and universities; and
  • Readings, film screenings, and concerts throughout the year

Our namesake, Dr. William Grant Still, first coined the term “art music”, which is very much in line the educational goals of our community arts center.

All of the William Grant Still Arts Center’s programs are free, or are as low-cost as is possible, in order to be accessible to all in our community.