The Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center, founded by C. Bernard Jackson and Dr. J. Alfred Cannon, arose "out of the ashes" of the 1965 Watts Rebellion in Los Angeles and mounted its first productions in 1967. Its founders envisioned ICCC as a vehicle for increasing cross-cultural communications among the various minority groups in Los Angeles, making use of the performing and visual arts in the healing process, and offering performing and technical career development opportunities in the arts to previously excluded minorities.
The Inner City Cultural Center was the nation’s first minority owned and operated multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-racial and multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts institution, with a core philosophy of incorporating color-blind and non-traditional casting into all aspects of its programming. While the terms "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" are top-of-mind in today's social climate, they have been core principles at Inner City Cultural Center from the beginning and will remain so into the future. We invite you to explore this website to get a more complete picture of our unparalleled cultural legacy and learn how you can support us as we build for the future.