HBC/430. Creative Programs and Consulting company started as the HBC Theater Company in 2011.Our original mission was to create socially engaged theatre for audiences. The mission evolved to include youth programs, spontaneous theatre productions and other community centered creative initiatives.
In 2014, we established the first Playback theatre ensemble in the country composed of all women of color.
In 2016, we opened the Den | Reading Room and Artist Exchange, a performance venue and micro business retail incubator for emerging creatives, educators and entrepreneurs that identify as people of color, women and/or children. The Den housed over forty minority owned businesses, hosted over 120 workshops and performances in its three years of operation. Foye collaborated with local government and residents to provide mentoring to emerging artists and service based minority businesses. The Den closed its doors after three years of service on December 31, 2018.
Where are we now? Data collected from patrons, businesses, artists and other partners has been used to inform our most recent work, supporting the growth and sustainability of arts organizations, artists and other community centered businesses. We use creative strategies to fundraise and enhance the scalability of equity centered companies. We also, use theatre, devised and spontaneous, to build community and collect personal experiences of our audiences. These experiences are memorialized as qualitative data that is used to push public policy towards a more just and equitable future.
We evolve as necessary and it always feels right.