Angela Montague has been serving on WACAI's Board of Director's since July 2016 and was elected President in 2017. She initially contacted WACAI about volunteering through our website's online "Contact Us" form and came to staff our informational table at a performance event in downtown Eugene through the City of Eugene's EUG Fun Program. Angela has successfully recruited two other members to the WACAI board and was a helpful resource during the process of designing our internship program.
Join West African Cultural Arts Institute for fabulously fun African dance classes that welcome beginning and experienced dancers!
Kids' classes are offered in the community in addition to schools through a partnership with Amazon Community Center. It's an excellent way for kids to learn about African culture while getting their squirlies out!
If you have visited a museum in Oregon, attended an arts performance, tuned into public radio, or appreciated the preservation of our state’s history, it’s likely that you’ve benefited from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
You've heard of Black Friday and more recently Cyber Monday which kick off the holiday shopping season, but have you ever heard of Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday launches the charitable season at the end of the year and is about making a difference in our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. West African Cultural Arts Institute would like to invite you to participate!
WACAI is gearing up for a fabulous FUNdraiser on Saturday, November 4th from 6-10 pm at Sam Bond's Brewing Co AKA "The Foundry" and we wanted to tell you about all the fun ways to enjoy our event! We have live entertainment starting at 6 pm with the last act going on at 8:30 pm. Each act will play approximately 30-40 minutes and the order of groups is the following:
Mudzidzi mbira group
Kids' Interactive Activity
Join us for WACAI's upcoming FUNdraiser on November 4th from 6-10pm at Sam Bond's Brewing Co. AKA "The Foundry"! This awesome newish spot is located at 540 E. 8th Avenue off of Franklin Boulevard towards the UO campus!
WACAI is having a fundraiser on November 4, and we need in-kind donations for our silent auction!
Are you a small business owner who would be willing to donate any goods or services?
Do you have any friends, family, or colleagues to approach for in-kind donations?
Would you be willing to help us approach local businesses and merchants to help us find in-kind donations?
Starting on Monday sounds of drumming will be heard filling the hallways of Prairie Mountain School once students are dismissed from their school day. West African Cultural Arts Institute will partner with Prairie Mountain School to offer an arts educational program focusing on drum, dance, and culture from Guinea, West Africa to students grades 5-8.
Last Thursday, September 7, Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE) presented the results of the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a nation-wide study through Americans for the Arts on the economic activity and impact of non-profit arts and cultural organizations on local jobs and local revenue generation. Data that was gathered from 40 non-profit organizations in Eugene shows that the arts generate $62 million and 2400 jobs annually!
Incredible guest artist Ismael "Bonfils" Kouyate is coming to Eugene to teach dance workshops Friday, September 22-24! "Bonfils," whose name means "good son" in French, is a world-renowned artist hailing from Guinea, West Africa. His extensive dance and music experience includes singing and dancing a major role in the Broadway spectacle "Fela," vocals in Beyonce's "Grown Woman" hit single, and performing with Les Ballets Africains! Yes! This artist is a star from the West coast of Africa to the East coast of the United States! Truly phenomenal! Read his bio below to learn more!
This Thursday, September 7th, WACAI will engage the community in a fabulous and FREE, interactive dance demonstration with live drumming during the last hour of LCC's annual open house event! We'll show participants some dance moves native to Guinea, West Africa, home of our talented Artistic Director Alseny Yansane.