For the second year in a row WACAI is joining two other teaching artists to bring the performance arts of Guinea, West Africa to kids grades 1-8 in the Veneta community at All About Art Summer Camp. This three-week, hands-on camp, presented by Lane Arts Council, offers safe and fun, experiences in visual and performing arts that promotes creativity, self-expression, and teamwork.
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This weekend we took a beautiful ride through the Columbia River Gorge, past the Dalles, landing in La Grande, a town located east of the Blue Mountains and southeast of Pendleton. Several months ago WACAI was contacted by Arts Center East, or ACE, a nonprofit arts education organization founded in 1977 to partner with them to bring the cultural arts of Guinea to this town of approximately 13,000 people.
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!
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.