AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee, Inc.) Established and incorporated in 1973 by the late Vivian Robinson, to stimulate interest in, and support of performing arts in black communities. AUDELCO coordinates an average of one to two theatre events monthly, bringing approximately 50-75 people to each event.
Networking – Contacting and developing relationships with individuals, local groups, churches, and other organizations to introduce new audiences to non-profit performing arts.
AUDELCO Recognition Awards – The annual Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition, “The VIV”Awards are the only formally established awards presented to the black theatre community. Every third Monday in November the nominees are awarded in various categories.Theatre for the Future:Young Audiences Series – Addresses the need for positive cultural experiences for children between the ages of 10-17. This series provides entertainment and cultural experience for the youth. This series provides entertainment and cultural enrichment in non-academic settings such as: outdoor activities during Harlem Week; Saturday matinees during Black Arts Festival; Holiday celebrations in December, and performances during Black History Month.
Black Arts Festival- A citywide festival of the arts, creating a showcase for outstanding work of black artists. The Black Arts Festival introduces new audiences to the fun, excitement and vitality of the visual and performing arts throughout the metropolitan area.Black Theatre Archives
– A collection of books, tapes, original scripts, costumes and set designs, photographs, playbills and extensive clippings on current theatre groups and activities.
Publications-“INTERMISSION”, AUDELCO’s newsletter is published quarterly to stimulate interest in the performing arts. The “OVERTURE”, a black theatre magazine that is published to document exciting work done by Black theatre artists.
Seminars, Lectures, and Forums- Addresses the general awareness about the contributions of Blacks in the cultural and socio-economic environment.