Andrea DiPalma Yansane's blog

What You Should Know About the Oregon Tax Credit

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.

Giving Tuesday is TODAY-Donate to WACAI

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 FUNdraiser's Fabulous Entertainment, Activities & Silent Auction Items

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 

In-Kind Donations for WACAI's FUNdraiser!

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?

Back to School Beats-Drum & Dance After School Program at Prairie Mountain School

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.

Beaucoup Bucks from Arts and Cultural Organizations Contribute BIG to Eugene Economy

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!

Bons Moments* with Bonfils!

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!

Join WACAI at LCC's Open House

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.

Fun for All Festival at Petersen Barn

This summer, the City of Eugene Recreation Services partnered with a variety of local organizations, including WACAI, to put on "Fun for All," a fun and engaging program designed to bring youth ages 0-17 in Eugene community together. Throughout the summer, partnering organizations showed movies, performed, and led many activities in 6 parks in Eugene. It's been a wonderful summer, but the fun isn't over yet and you haven't missed out!