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Mission Statement

Pamoja Art Society is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to celebrating African-American culture, serving artists, and building a stronger community. Thirty-eight years ago the organization was founded by a talented group of artists from Northwest Louisiana. The name "Pamoja" is an East African word meaning "coming together."

Today, Pamoja is a multi-discipline arts organization that serves more than 5,000 children and adults each year. Pamoja Cultural Arts Center is the venue for Pamoja’s programs and a wide variety of community activities. The Center is a leader in community development and the revitalization of the Linwood village, a small, quaint business district in central Shreveport.


Pamoja Art Society was born in 1974 to an inspired collective of young, talented visual artists sharing a vision to nurture, create, and promote art by African-American artists in the Shreveport-Bossier area.

Who We Are
Several of the founding members were former students of Professor Roosevelt Daniel, the founding chairman of the Fine Arts Program at Southern University at Shreveport, while others became members through their involvement in neighborhood visual art classes being organized by students and emerging artists.

Through The Years
The group immediately became a supportive community for artists to refine their creative voices, explore cultural and universal themes, develop their professional ability, and enhance the value of African-American art. More than thirty years later, Pamoja remains an active and significant leader within Shreveport’s art community, functioning as a membership-based artists association and a community-based presenter of art programs for the public.

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