Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation
Founded back in 1997 originally as the Shakur Family Foundation by Afeni Shakur, mother of multi-talented hip-hop legend, with explicit and controversial lyrics, Tupac Shakur who was embroiled in a feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF), which is home to the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, just outside of Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Georgia. On June 11, 2005 the TASF opened the Center, which is named in honor of the late American rap artist Tupac Shakur, and was also founded by his mother Afeni Shakur.
Ever since inception, TASF has offered performing arts camps, essay competitions, youth book clubs, visual arts workshops, community development projects, and scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate degrees. The organization also runs a Performing Arts Day Camp for youth ages twelve to eighteen.
Speaking about the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, it’s dedicated to providing youth and the community with educational programs in the arts. It is a fact that early arts education improves school grades, as well as offers invaluable life lessons while building self-esteem and confidence.
For nearly 15 years, the Foundation’s programs have served youth of all social and economic backgrounds, giving countless young people the courage to get off the streets and learn vital skills that have the potential to positively impact their communities. The Center is open to the public and hosts several noteworthy events throughout the year.