The Association of American Cultures, TAAC, was founded in 1985 to provide leadership in achieving equal participation in policymaking, equitable funding for all cultural institutions, an elevation in multicultural leadership and essential networks that impact cultural policies.

TAAC was created by a resolution of participants of Open Dialogue II. Open Dialogue II was the second national meeting ever held in the United States of artists and arts managers of color. Participants represented all arts disciplines and all ethnically specific/minority communities. The resolution asked for the creation of a national arts service organization whose purpose would be to continue convening the Open Dialogue and to act as an advocate for the support of artists and arts organizations who were concerned with the preservation of their culturally specific identities through the arts.

TAAC Mission

TAAC convenes artists and cultural workers that are reflective of our pluralistic society to inform and advocate for democratic cultural policy.

TAAC Vision

TAAC's leadership is instrumental in achieving:

  • Equal participation in policymaking
  • Equitable funding for all cultural institutions
  • Elevation in multicultural leadership
  • Essential networks that impact cultural policy

Core Values

In fulfilling its mission and vision, TAAC:

  1. Respects the integrity of the diversity of cultural expression
  2. Believes in the inclusiveness of all artists and cultural workers in the arts/culture policy dialogue
  3. Advocates for recognition and equality of cultural worldviews within their historical context
  4. Embraces principles of cultural democracy that support practices reflecting diverse creative visions of excellence and open dialogue

TAAC has sponsored twelve Biennial Open Dialogues to address issues of cultural diversity in the arts.

Who TAAC Serves

The originating focus of the organization was to provide services to people of color in America; specifically, African-Americans, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans. The organization has evolved to recognize the importance of including representatives of all ethnic cultures, in the Dialogue. TAAC supports the idea that America is a country of immigrants to the New World. We appreciate our Native-American brothers and sisters for allowing us entree to their America. It is important that we all remember our ancestors and the traditions and beliefs that guided their lives. One can be a good American and simultaneously be proud of their ethnic origin, its customs, music, art and spiritual beliefs.


TAAC monitors national legislation which may have an impact on its constituency. TAAC participates annually in National Advocacy Day, visiting Congressional offices and providing information on the needs of culturally specific artists and arts organizations. Additionally, TAAC is represented at meetings called by the NEA Chair and those of other arts service organizations in the United States whose purpose it is to inform public policy issues.


TAAC draws its strength from its members. If you are in support of the preservation of culturally specific ethnic identity through the arts in America, please sign up as a member on our site and join this movement toward self affirmation for all Americans.

Louis Leroy - TAAC Founder

Louis Leroy

August 18th, 1941—November 26th, 2007

"Somewhere in your history, you must have had a dream. Why else would you do this kind of work? You can't do it for the money, there's no money in it. It's a lot of headache, and a lot of suffering so you must've gotten in here because you had a very romantic vision of how you wanted the world to look. Well, my job is to tell you that I think that we can actually create that world. The work that you're doing is vital to the national interest; it's vital to the spirit of this country."

— Bill Strickland, Pittsburgh ODX 2005
February 18, 2016

Dudamel during halftime.
February 5, 2016

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