Karamu House is deeply rooted in Cleveland's Fairfax community. We will celebrate our 100th birthday in 2015 as the oldest African American arts organization in the country. Our mission is to strengthen community through quality arts education programming with an emphasis on African American culture. Strengthening community is at the core of who we are and what we do. Nearly 20,000 Clevelanders come through our doors each year. We celebrate in the fact that we serve as a "joyful place of gathering" where all people, regardless of race, can come together to learn about and celebrate the rich African American culture and heritage shared through all of our programs.
We strive to continue to nurture talent in young African American artists. Currently In our Summer Youth Cultural Arts Program we are nurturing an average 80 youth a day ages, 5 to 15 in cultural arts education. Our history of success is evident when you hear of the many famous and notable alumni that received their start on our stage, at our daycare or in one of our many classrooms. Alumni like the great poet and writer Langston Hughes or accomplished muralist and painter Elmer Brown, or even James Pickens or Imani Hakim, who star on some of today's hottest television shows. In all that we do and who we are, we will continue to preserve, present and celebrate the wonderful African American culture that exists in Cleveland.