Last Tuesday  The African American Cultural Center in collaboration with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Mr. Daniel   Hart, President of the BPO,  made it possible for students from the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts   to sit front and center for a special one night  holiday concert event at Kleinhans  featuring the  talented   Vanessa Williams  who transformed  the stage with sophistication and style  for an unforgettable evening. Over the years she has earned many accolades, receiving a Grammy, an Oscar, and    a Golden Globe award. 

A  multi-faceted performer of film, stage, and television, she is also, one of the world’s most accomplished concert artists, with many performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic. After the concert, students and  AACC Board members and guests were invited to a meet and greet with the star.

The group included  Board of Directors President Mrs. Dorothea Baxter Hughes and members     Mark Dobson,   Mrs. Mary Bonner,  Interim Executive Director Jackie Mines. Also guests  School  Board Member Sharon Belton Cottman,  Jodie Covington, Principal of the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, Christel Peacock, Angel Mines, Lori LoTempo, Mrs. Stacy Beauford, and Mrs. Robin Cott.  Mrs. Williams left the crowd filled with the Holiday Spirit!