African Cultural Alliance of North America

  • 7th Annual ACANA African Festival!

    The 7th Edition of the PECO African Festival is here! You don't want to miss the summer fun and excitement! Enjoy music and dance from African artists from across the diaspora! Sample tasty African food and explore all the wonderful vendors. Plus! There will be plenty of giveaways and a raffle, including a chance to win 2 round trip tickets to a West African Destination courtesy of Arik Airlines! The Festival is FREE, FAMILY FRIENDLY and open to EVERYONE so don't miss this summer tradition!! Read More
  • 2014 ACANA Honorarium Reception

    You are Cordially Invited! Please Join us for a night of elegance and entertainment as we honor the performing artists of the 2014 ACANA African Festival at the 2014 ACANA Honorarium Reception! Meet and mingle as we celebrate the 2014 ACANA African Festival and African Arts! Read More
  • Films

    ACANA's, Serving and Transforming Active Youth program (A-STAY), is a youth mentoring program which utilize masters and mentors in various fields to habilitate youth behavior in many cases focusing them on positive career objectives. The program produce workshops by presenting relevant youth engaged topics with a goal of helping youth to achieve positive outcome.

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  • Free Health Screening

    In June 2010, ACANA began offering ongoing free health care screenings for African immigrants. The program is in collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Health, African Diaspora Health Initiatives.

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  • Community Development

    In 2002 Chester Avenue was filled with abandoned or blighted buildings and crime ridden. Today, thanks to the hard work of the Chester Avenue Business Association and ACANA, Chester Avenue is a bustling and clean Corridor . Up to 80% of the 5500 block of Chester Avenue is occupied by businesses, many of them Immigrant-owned
  • Immigration

    In 2012, an ACANA client was in jail facing imminent deportation to his native country Liberia. This client like so many, came to the U.S. as a young child with his family and had not returned to Liberia since. Thanks to quick thinking and advocacy, ACANA’s legal team was able to resolve this case and allow him to keep his Green Card which allowed him to stay in the U.S. with is family.
  • Arts and Culture

    In November 2012, ACANA Hall hosted the World Renowned Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda. The Watoto Children’s Choir is composed of orphans and other victims of war and disease. The sold out concert was a major success and brought out the entire community.
  • Community Development cont'd

    ACANA operates a Food Bank that serves an average of 120 people monthly. The ACANA Food Bank program was created to increase food security and improve nutrition in the community. ACANA continues to provide food to lower income and need families of all back grounds and ages through their Food Bank.

  • Arts Studio

    In 2013, ACANA staff led by Voffee Jabateh, Producer & Musician Chilton Jah James, and Liberian Singer Moses Swaray wrote, produced, and recorded an anti-gambling Public Service Announcement at the ACANA Recording Studio. The PSA is now being considered for wider use by the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities.

  • Immigration cont'd

    After working with 3 other lawyers to no avail, a young woman approached ACANA in 2010 for help. She and her daughter had arrived in the US several years earlier . Unfortunately because of her complex case, she found herself anguishing in deportation proceedings for years. After much hard work & dedication, ACANA was able to help her get out of deportation and gain legal status. Today the young woman and her daughter are permanent residents.

  • Volunteer Opportunities!

    ACANA always has exciting volunteer opportunities in our Arts & Culture, Legal and General Administration Department. Just stop in or give us a call to learn more: 215-729-8225 ext. 107