So Soul San Francisco is a project of Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe and Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience in remembrance of BACCE predecessor, Sugar Shack Performance Gallery & Cultural Center, a venue for emerging Black performing arts from 1990-1993.
So Soul San Francisco is the part of a larger project, The Oneness of Blackness, which seeks to document the contribution of Black artists in San Francisco. The Oneness of Blackness includes performances, installations and an interactive website that documents the artistic history of Black San Francisco. Commissioned through San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artists Grant, Oneness seeks to redress the disappearing Black community and its artists through economic and cultural displacement.
The inaugural production in the series, Blackbirds Boogie & other gumbo grooves, is dedicated to Poet, Playwright & Performer, Wayne Corbitt. Curated by Edris Cooper Anifowoshe & performance poet, Marvin K. White. Blackbirds Boogie & other gumbo grooves is a tribute to the artists that emerged in San Francisco and from Sugar Shack in particular with a focus on the work of the late great queer poet and writer, Wayne Corbitt, whose acclaimed play, Crying Holy was a production of Sugar Shack in collaboration w/ Theatre Rhinoceros.
So Soul San Francisco is supported in part by Zellerbach Family Foundation