BCAI Brings Arts and Music to Franklin Park in Bloomington | Local education
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BLOOMINGTON – Franklin Park in Bloomington was feeling the beat on Saturday afternoon for a “Rhythm and Spray Paint” event.
Several community organizations gathered at the free event to chat with people about their mission and offer activities like yoga and the art of spray painting, and to showcase Latinx music and culture.
The Step Inn Performance team showed off their dance moves and local artist EJ Allen performed original rap tunes.
The event was hosted by Breaking Chains & Advancing Increase, a Bloomington art school that provides a “safe space to express, explore and create.”
“Sometimes that’s what social justice looks like,” said BCAI Executive Director Angelique Racki.
“If you look around you can identify a minimum of 15 different cultures represented at any given time,” she said at the event.
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Racki said the big impact of Rhythm and Spray Paint was seeing all the different organizations come together, adding that “there is literally only love and peace right now.”
“Right now, there is creation going on,” she continued. “It is the most powerful source in the universe: creation.
“Imagination, creation and connection, and that’s what is happening.”
BCAI partnered with the Afro-Socialists and Socialists of Color Caucus for the event and invited several other organizations including the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Really Really Free Market, Conexiones Latinas of McLean County and Bloomington Normal Black Lives Matter.
The Bloomington-Normal Chapter of the NAACP also took part in the event. Their Senior Vice President, Carla Campbell-Jackson, said it was gratifying to see the community come together “with such vibrant leaders and residents, so that we can empower our youth and celebrate when the going is good.”
She said the media tended to “pounce” when something went in the wrong direction, so when things are going well and impacting children, “it has to be celebrated.”
“It’s important for the kids, and it’s important for our community,” said Campbell-Jackson. “And research has shown that the arts obviously play an important role in the development of young people.”
Heyworth artist Logan Norsworthy was there to make art and show kids how to spray paint, explaining the different types of “plugs” or nozzles they can use.
“They clearly have a desire to do something,” he said. “Besides, helping them do that was cool.”
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