Organization’s mission, history, overall goals and objectives:

The BCAACF, Inc. was founded in 1996 by Maryland Speaker of the House, Delegate Adrienne Jones, who envisioned a vibrant festival of the arts and culture in Baltimore County that would celebrate the rich and thriving traditions of the African American community. Annually, the festival celebrates the rich and thriving traditions of the African American community. Drawing in renowned and local entertainers, small and large businesses, and approximately 50,000 attendees, the festival continues to be a vibrant extravaganza that has become one of Baltimore County's treasures. The festival is free, family-oriented and will be held in Towson, MD at Towson Patriot Plaza. Lastly, the festival serves as a vehicle to showcase Baltimore County's communities and its residents. It also serves as a means of raising funds to support charitable programs charged to the festival such as scholarships and historical preservation projects. This annual, free Festival event is one of the only in the Mid-Atlantic corridor that does not promote or endorse alcohol and tobacco product sponsorships.

Board President: Kendrick R. Tilghman, MBA

Status: The BCAACF, Inc. is a 501 C (3) tax-exempt organization.

Objectives: Showcasing Baltimore County achievements through its communities, residents, government agencies, non-profit organizations, education, history, entrepreneurship, arts, culture; and connecting its residents to vital resources. Scholarship fundraising.

Attendees: 50,000 people annually attend this one-day extravaganza of cultural activities, entertainment, exhibits, food and beverage attractions and informational exchange displays.

Demographics: Baltimore County, Maryland hails more than 800,000 residents. Thirty percent of these residents are African Americans. Attendees comprise, children, youth, adults, and seniors who reflect multicultural backgrounds and experiences.

Breakout of Festival attendee age range to 100%

o Adults (Ages 18-64, excluding college students) (65%)
o Senior Citizens (65 +) (15%)
o High School (Grades 9-12) (10%)
o Elementary & Middle School (Grades K-8) (5%)
o Infants & Toddlers (Birth - 5) (5%)

Breakout of Festival attendee ethnicity to 100%

o African American (90%)
o Asian American (1%)
o Caucasian (4%)
o Hispanic/Latino (4%)
o Native American (1%)

BCAACF Vision Statement

By 2025 the Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival, Inc. will be recognized globally for its diverse reflections of historical, cultural and educational highlights as experienced through the lens of Baltimore County Americans of African descent and our allies.

BCAACF Mission Statement

Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival, Inc., is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization which collaborates with community stakeholders in order to provide scholarships which empower Baltimore County students graduating from high school. In honoring our predecessors’ diverse traditions, we assist in the preservation of African American historical projects, and financially support many other charitable organizations throughout Baltimore County, Maryland.

BCAACF Value Statement

TRADITION - We acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of our ancestors who forged new paths for us to continuously achieve and set new goals.
COLLABORATION - We honor our family and community for providing numerous opportunities to enhance our educational, recreational, cultural, and health resources in Baltimore County, Maryland. EMPOWERMENT - We empower our youth with access to informational and financial resources to become future leaders and the torchbearers of our remarkable history.