BCAI Cultural Arts and Humanities
formerly BCAI School of Arts
There are still a few more piggy banks for purchase!
Integrity Counseling, ISU-APO, and BCAI collaborated with incredible creativity to bring you the Epic piggy banks!
The pigs, designed mostly by our Hip Hop Elemental Arts participants and lead artists, are painted by both organizations involved. You’ll see techniques and unique tags from each student and incredible unlocked imaginative designs.
They are available for purchase for $26 each, right here on the BCAI website! 100% of the money raised goes directly into our scholarship account, allowing all of our courses and sessions to be accessible to EVERYONE.
INtegRIty Counseling is a community-based, non-profit pay-as-you-can counseling agency.
Alpha Phi Omega is an ISU service organization, highly dedicated to each service project and its connected organization.
Both entities align with BCAI values and we are honored to share this opportunity.
If you couldn’t find a pig, you can mail a donation to INtegRIty Counseling, 502 S Morris Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701, or donate online at their website. Donations help cover the costs of 100% quality accessible mental health services.
… current & upcoming sessions …
Winter, Spring, Fall Arts Exposure Sessions
Anything that requires the imagination to get to the next level:
from dance and poetry to sciences, entrepreneurialism, and ecology.
Bring your own water bottle, mask, and shoes/socks. We’ll provide the safe space to relax into creativity
BCAI’s 1st ever Fashion class!
Evolution of Fashion from the Roman Era to 21st Century
It’s all about the Power of what we wear, and how we wear it. Fashion is always a choice and where you wear what is even more. In this 3 hour class you will learn:
Color coordination, Color theory, the proper attire to wear to an interview, fashion Color Theory, The Elements of Fashion, Fashion Principles, and spending money on the right clothes.
Valuing money is a skill as well. Skills are so important so why not learn them earlier. We’ll also touch on topics like Different fashion movements, Cultural Appropriation and misappropriation, Fashion Classics. Don’t miss this chance!
-Kieri’an Amerson, Fashion Designer
Summer Arts Exposure
ages 7-13 with 14-18yr old internships
ART: anything that requires the imagination to get to the next level – from spray painting, culinary, dance, and sculpting to trades, entrepreneurialism, coding, and science.
6 weeks, 5 days/week, 6 hours/day arts sampling
This is for the purpose of increasing the individual’s awareness of innate skills and interests they have, which ultimately leads to living with far more purpose and ON purpose
Ages: approx. 7-13 (cognitive maturity, not necessarily chronologically)
Instructors: BCAI Instructors as well as craft professionals within our community
What to bring: loose, comfortable clothing, socks and sneakers, your own filled water bottle (we DO have water if you forget), mask, lunch
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, racism, 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