SABA stands for the Society
for the Advancement of Black Arts. It was established in 1991, by
a group of young Black graduates. They were alarmed by the difficulties
BME communities faced when trying to succeed within their field.
Their strategy was to create and produce a variety of urban arts
activities and educational programmes for disadvantaged communities
living on large housing estates in London. Through this work, SABA’s
founders set out to tackle social exclusion.
the 1990’s, SABA continued to educate established decision-makers
about the past, current and potentially positive contributions of
new and contemporary urban artistes. This period saw SABA develop
as a mentor, manager and supporter of new and contemporary arts
organisations and performers.
the end of the 1990s, SABA began providing management and marketing
consultancy services to community-led organisations and individuals
committed to providing educational, art and social services for
their community. In 2000, SABA acquired charitable status and diversified
into undertaking fundraising for small organisations. This helped
ensure organisations were able to continue their work delivering
a range of socially based projects and activities in their communities.
In 2002, SABA’s new role was rewarded as it received the EMERGING
COMPANY OF THE YEAR award at the Black Enterprise Awards. In
2003, SABA was clearly established as a leading black social enterprise
SABA continues to work closely with community groups primarily on
large housing estates. Whilst working to eliminate social exclusion
remains a priority, the growth of diverse communities on housing
estates has resulted in S.A.B.A also working towards community cohesion.
As a result of experience gained through its work as part of regeneration
projects, and with the addition of experienced housing and financial
advisers, SABA has also added housing policy to its portfolio and
strengthened its fundraising arm to include financial advice to