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Bloomington’s Franklin Park was feeling the beat on Saturday afternoon for a “Rhythm and Spray Paint” event.

Position: Founder of BCAI Cultural Arts & Humanities


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“The BCAI” is actually BCAI Cultural Arts & Humanities; we are a culturally and socially expressive platform for creatives – accessible to everyone, regardless of income and in honor of all background. BCAI stands for Breaking Chains Advancing Augmentation, which means we use the arts as a catalyst for higher levels of consciousness – to create a protected space for beings to access themselves as much and as freely as possible, thereby increasing the awareness of self, community, culture.

2. What is the “why” for BCAI-CAH?

For generations, neuro-divergence has been humiliated, separated and stigmatized. Those who are neuro-divergent, instead of being admired and openly supported, we experience isolation and anxiety. When an individual feels secure enough to access their imagination, what can only be called pure power is dispersed and, in a true form of contagion, infects those around them, thus influencing viewers in their own. release. It’s not just about neuro-divergence, but also about those with varying levels of trauma that most of the systems they are a part of, such as school, health care, etc., never deal with. account. Visionaries and creatives alike need to be honored and protected as they learn to contribute to society in positive and productive ways, breaking generational and societal cycles and traumas.

Our “why” is a sacred space – for every identity, however it identifies itself, to safely reach its next level.

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3. What are BCAI’s core programs at the moment and who do you typically partner with?

Hip Hop Elemental Arts, Step Inn Performance Team, BCAI’s Break Team (breakin / breakdance), Summer Arts Exposure (three week summer camp), martial arts, various dance and visual arts classes; we are available for everyone from 3 years old.

As for partners, the list is long! However, frequent or recent partners include Stay Relentless: Life & Hip Hop Initiative (Chicago) and locally, McLean County Museum of History; Community educators from the IL center; Afro-socialist caucus; Latin connections; Latin BN Network; Coffee dog; Normal town center; Not in our city; Integrity consultancy; Creative Healing Art Therapy LLC; Hope in Victory LLC; Wesleyan University of Illinois; Illinois State University; and artists such as Kendall Miles (band Miles Ahead), Ollie Bravo (Oliver Johnson, engineer, producer), Darius Williams, Seven Six Supah (Chicago), Famous Doug, Haven Ryburn and many more!

I must also highlight significant financial support because in this area we are partners achieving aligned goals: McLean County Art Center, Illinois Arts Alliance, IL Prairie Community Foundation, State Farm, Oes Freelancing, Sara Almaraz, Terry and Shena Palmer , Ella Zona, Angelica Taylor, Terrence Smith and the Afro-Socialist & Socialists of Color Caucus as a whole and some members such as Robert Garcia, Sonny Garcia and Georgene Chissell. I also have to thank our customers on Patreon (www.Patreon.com/BCAI_arts) – their contributions have funded numerous scholarships, vocational trainings in Chicago and now a range of vocational trainings such as CV Writing, Trauma / Consent, Self Defense and CPR / First Aid for our teens and staff.

Bloomington’s Franklin Park was feeling the beat on Saturday afternoon for a “Rhythm and Spray Paint” event.

4. Do you have any upcoming events?

Yes! Our Mix.Fuze.Evolve. Fundraising! On April 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hansen Student Center, we will be celebrating Latin influence and contributions to hip-hop culture. The funds raised at MFE finance scholarships (50%), student opportunities (30%) and the BCAI in general must advance our mission (20%). This event is crucial, not only for financial aid, but because it always brings our community together and encompasses an entire year of BCAI in one interactive event: youth, culture, community, multi-faceted art, family. There will be amazing food, visual arts, art performances, and even a live mural for guests to participate in. We bring guests from all over, including Detroit. We always welcome event sponsors and look forward to meeting new partners!

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The release of our official music video to the track “Get Right” that our Hip Hop Elemental Arts Session 2 attendees created from scratch – their instrument, their vibe, their emotion, their words is also coming. The release date is December 25 at 9 a.m. via YouTube. And at the end of spring, we’ll be releasing our second track to the world after session 4 ends on March 19th. “Get Right” is broadcast on all platforms, and if you download via www.BCAI-CAH.Bandcamp.com, the amount you download will go directly into the program itself.

5. Since you work primarily with young people, what message do you have for adults in general?

As this year has taught me in various ways, as a teacher and parent it is imperative that as adults we constantly check our own trauma and conditioning to avoid continuing all the destructive cycles. If we are inclined to scream, check it out. If there are any insecurities in your relationships, check it out. Our childhoods are not our faults, but as adults it is 100% our responsibility to heal and not to perpetuate further damage.

The other huge one – if you don’t listen and learn from the generations that come after you, you are dumb and part of the problem. (This includes your own children.)

Before deciding to send your “problem child” to therapy, make sure that he or she is not simply misunderstood, which then leads us to come full circle and constantly control ourselves first.

Once again, the most important voice on this subject is that of the young people themselves. Download and / or listen to their song “Get Right”, streaming on all platforms. Their prompt was literally, “What would you like to say to adults that you usually don’t feel like you can say?” “

Contact Kade Heather at 309-820-3256. Follow him on Twitter: @kadeheather

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