ADACI CREATED ALTARS
In the African tradition, the altar is a physical area where we venerate the ancestors and which serves as a focal point to express feelings and emotions within a sacred space. Ceremonies performed using altars can be transformative in that they help give meaning to our daily lives by bringing us back to the Divinity within ourselves and reminding us of our connection to each other and the Divine Creator. This tradition can be seen universally in virtually all cultures and religious expressions, and indeed, "going to the altar" is a common feature of the Black church tradition. The basic elements of an African altar are white fabric, clear glass of water, white candle, potted plant or vase of flowers/fresh herbs, and pictures or other remembrances of one's Ancestors. These items are arranged on the white fabric as the creator of the altar chooses. ADACI's altars are artistic as well as spiritual creations. The items placed on ADACI created altars are symbolic of key aspects of the African descended community and its experience and appropriate to the occasion.
ADACI has created numerous altars for individuals and organizations that include: the National Smithsonian Museum of African Art; the National Council of Negro Women; African Heritage Studies Association; DC Kwanzaa Collective; N'COBRA; ASCAC- The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations; UNIA- National and Regional organizations of the Universal Negro Improvement Association; The Sankofa Organization and Haile Gerima; Frances Cress Welsing Foundation; African Heritage Dancers and Drummers; Kankouran West African Dance Company; International Black Women Council; The Power Talk Conferences; The Organization of Kathy Holt's for girls; The National Association of Black Psychologists; The Kemetic Institute. ADACI has also created commemorative altars for Dr. John Henry Clark; Dr. Ibn Ben Jochannon; Dr. Frances Cress Welsing; Damu Smith; Dr. Ron Walters and numerous others.