BCAI’s unique, enlightening, annual FUNdraiser
Our goal this year is to raise $7,000 for scholarships and student opportunities.
MFE 2020 will be a banquet-style, 21+ event, located at YouthBuild on Wiley Dr.
You can expect incredible food from A-Z Catering, unique and delicious drinks from Nightshop, decor from Hands That Visual Arts and of course our 2020 Epic Resilience awards for local individuals who are using their past trauma or circumstance to break destructive cycles in our community, specifically regarding our youth.
Save the date, save the funds, we’re going to change some lives drastically with this one!
Every Fuzion Matters
There is a simultaneous youth event happening at Western Ave Community Center which we lovingly call EFM (MFE backwards and Every Fuzion Matters, which encourages awareness of what and who you allow in your space, as well as – of course – following your passions.) EFM is open to all children 6 to 16 (exceptions exist!).
For MFE ticket holders, the cost is significantly reduced to $15 per child. Without a ticket, families can still take advantage at the general price: $40/1st child and $25/each additional. This youth event is also a fundraiser – so – wins all around!!!!
Youth Event FaceBook page
Fully Defend Yourself
A free community conference educating in easily overlooked ways to defend yourself and your family.
This year, we are introducing a couple of additions:
- Dr. Rosenna Bakari will be joining us as keynote and interactive lecturer on the subject of “holistic and effective parenting from family and social work perspectives”
- A professional & student session (8-11 am) with Dr. Bakari that provides 2 CEUs to those that require them, as well as an extra CEU, offered during the afternoon session
Altogether, this year’s sessions include:
- Dr. Bakari’s keynote
- Intellectual property rights
- Physical anti-abduction techniques for self, family, and friends
- Food security: healthy eating with tight budgets and difficult eaters
As always, supplies, food, snacks, yoga, and chair massages are complimentary – YES, chair massages – from some of the finest massage therapists in the area. Why? Because every conference should end with a massage!
what We are
On the surface: we provide socially aware art education and an expression platform to everyone regardless of income or background.
A Word from our Executive Director
“As a visionary, the vision never really belongs to me. I knew from the second it burst inside my mind that it was going to be bigger than my own existence. BCAI is the necessary ‘vehicle’ to destroying destructive cycles in this world such as violence, sexual abuse, victimization, poverty etc.
My ‘why’ is when a parent comes to me in tears because their child is making friends, fearlessly freestyling in a cypher, or exuding confidence in other ways all for the first time.
My ‘why’ is when I humbly am allowed to watch a student go from fear to resilience; from self-loathing and sabotage to working on these ‘new’ superpowers they find within themselves. The looks on their faces, the fierce courage increasing and the family dynamics improving – all of this is why I work long hours for them, why I am adamant about protecting our familial village existence and why I will never retreat.
BCAI is not a building; it is a family and a legacy. Unconditional love and resilience training.
Thank you to everyone who has believed, still believes, and will never stop actively believing and investing in our vision and mission. You do not go unseen.”
– Angelique Rački
and important dates
Spring Semester General Dance Program begins
Tues: Hip Hop 1 (5p), Hip Hop 2 (6p), Technique (7p)
Thur: Cultural (7p), Adult Dance (7p)
Sat: Breakdance (10a-12p)
MLK Gospel Fest
IWU Presser Hall
BCAI Message performance
Fully Defend Yourself
Free Community Conference
State Farm Hall of Business, ISU
Visual arts program begins
Spring Semester Performance Team begins