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.
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.