National Dance Week kicks off today all around the country and this year, for the first time ever Eugene is in the mix of cities and towns officially celebrating this wonderful movement of movement!
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!
West African Cultural Arts Institute's Performance group will be taking the stage to perform Guinea style drumming and dance at this year's "African Night" at BOTH Oregon State University AND Portland State University on Saturday, April 20th!
Are you or anyone you know interested in developing "real life" professional skills while helping do a world of good? If so, please consider applying for WACAI's summer intern position. There are many ways that interns can work with WACAI to achieve their own personal and professional goals while learning the ins and outs of running a vibrant nonprofit organization!
Lauren Watt is a native of Troutdale, Oregon and received a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Oregon. While in Eugene she performed with a variety of ensembles from the Oregon Jazz Ensemble, Green Garter Band, and saxophone quartets to incidental music at local theaters and parlor concerts in the area.
What inspires you about WACAI and why did you feel called to intern with WACAI?WACAI inspires me because it brings more diversity to Eugene. Guinea, West Africa doesn’t come up in everyday conversations in most places in the States, and WACAI starts that conversation.
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.
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.
The Cultural Trust was created by the state legislature in 2002 to fund culture in the state into perpetuity. Currently, more than 1,400 nonprofits, including West African Cultural Arts Institute, are eligible to receive funds from the 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!