HBC/430. Creative Programs and Consulting company was founded by Maryam Foye in 2011. Our original mission was to create socially engaged theater for communities that were culturally underfed. The mission evolved to include youth programs, spontaneous theater productions and other community centered creative initiatives.
In 2014, we established the first Playback theater 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. We support the planning and development of creative professionals, businesses and organizations pushing missions of human rights and civility forward.
We also use theater infused focus groups to collect 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.