Incorporated in September 2002, Community Arts and Culture, Inc. (CAC) is a Miami-based non-profit organization that fosters an appreciation and understanding of a vast assortment of arts and cultures through workshops, lectures and artistic performances in local communities for individuals of all ages and social backgrounds.

Founder Jose Elias says he was motivated by a desire to simply give back to the community. “The sense of gratitude I felt for my musical mentors led me to create an organization that would nourish a sense of community support local and international artists.”

CAC has proudly produced 18 seasons of the the Afro Roots World Music Festival, one of the longest-running events of its kind. Past headliners have included world music legends Hassan Hakmoun, Boukman Experience, Morikeba Kouyate, recently, the Chicago Afrobeat Project, and Aurelio Martinez. Originally staged at the 7th Circuit Studios, the festival now calls the North Beach Bandshell home.

The Day at the Beach Concert Series, now in its fifth year, has hosted performances by a wide variety of artists from a cross-section of musical genres: Decemer Bueno, Third World, Danay Suarez, the Spam All Stars, and more. The series has also served to showcase up-and-coming talent from the School of Rock, Miami Beach High High School Rock Ensemble, the Guitars Over Guns Organization, as well as a host of local bands.

CAC also co-produce the Roots in the Schools program with the GrassRoots Festival organization, which brings music to Miami-area at-risk children. We’ve also co-produced the Cultural Passport series along with our partners Miami Dade County Public Schools.

For more information, please email cacblogspot@gmail.com.