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About AACS

Afsaneh Art & Culture Society (AACS) serves the Central Asian, Iranian- and Afghan-American communities and people who appreciate art from all cultures. AACS programs provide eloquent testimony to the unique Central Asian expressive arts and promote appreciation for the diverse expressions of our mutual humanity.

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AACS subscribes to the Roerich Pact
for Preservation of Cultural Heritage,
and the Protection of Artistic, Educational, and Scientific Institutions

Originally founded in 1986 as a performing arts ensemble Ballet Afsaneh by Director Sharlyn Sawyer, the organization incorporated in 1991 as a non-profit. Over its twentysix-year history the organization’s mission has evolved and broadened in scope. Now in addition to the professional performance ensemble, AACS provides community education programs, publications in various media, international exchange projects, collaborations, and fiscal sponsorship for the projects of associated Central Asian arts groups. Through this work Afsaneh Art & Culture Society seeks to promote positive visibility for the Central Asian community, preserve cultural assets for future generations, and to enrich the creative legacy of the expressive arts on the world stage.

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Programs are supported in part by earned income generated from over 18 annual public performances, and by grants from the California Arts Council, the James Irvine Foundation, Community Foundation Silicon Valley, Arts Council Silicon Valley, the City of San Jose, the Christensen Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, Marin Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Fund, corporate donors such as Applied Materials and Adobe Systems and through the generous contributions of many individuals in the community.

We welcome your participation in this dynamic organization. Consider becoming a volunteer or making a tax deductible contribution to Afsaneh Art & Culture Society.

  • Your donations directly support AACS education and performing arts programs that serve your community
  • All donations are tax deductible

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