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Saturday, March 30

MIX.FUZE.EVOLVE. Celebration of Native Culture Series

Starts at 3:00 PM

Museum Partners in Program Series to Celebrate Native Culture

The Museum is pleased to partner with BCAI School of Arts, the Normal Theater, and Coffee Hound to present a spring program series that seeks to celebrate the past, present, and future impact of native peoples on our communities’ (and our country’s) shared history and culture.

MIX.FUZE.EVOLVE.

The signature event of this program series is BCAI’s annual Mix.Fuze.Evolve (MFE) fundraiser on March 30 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the New Lafayette Club, 107 E. Lafayette Street, Bloomington.

In keeping with BCAI’s mission to “equip individuals with increased awareness of self, community, and various cultures through unique training in the arts,” this year’s MFE event will explore the rich native history of Central Illinois and other regions through music, dance, food, and visual arts—all centering on the theme, “Epic Resilience: We Are Still Here.”

MFE is a ticketed event. A $10 entry fee includes stage art and performances, hands-on cultural crafting, and access to the event’s guests of honor. An additional $10 meal ticket includes a serving of six culturally specific dishes. A $25 VIP ticket includes the cost of entry, food, one free raffle ticket, VIP seating for stage art and performances, and VIP parking. All proceeds benefit BCAI School of Arts. Tickets can be purchased at BCAIarts.org. For more information about MFE, please contact BCAI School of Arts Executive Director Angelique Racki at racki@bcaiarts.org

The Normal Theater

In anticipation of the main event, the Normal Theater will present two documentaries, More Than a Word (2017) and Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017), on Saturday, March 2 and Saturday, March 16 respectively. Both showings will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be free of charge. Presented by the ISU Department of Psychology and the Extending Empathy Project, a panel discussion with the co-director of the film and others will follow the March 2 showing. 

McLean County Museum of History

As the concluding piece of this months-long program series, award-winning Ojibwa author and speaker Kim Sigafus will present her program, A Celebration of American Indian Culture Through Music and Dance, at the Museum of History on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:15 p.m. Sigafus’ presentation “will explain the importance of Native ceremonies and why music is a key component to them. The audience will be invited to learn traditional songs in the Native language and can participate in a pow wow circle where the audience can sing, play a rain stick or drum, and dance.”

Sigafus is an internationally published, award-winning author and speaker. Her Ojibwa name, Bekaadiziikwe, means “Quiet Woman.” Her family is from White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. She currently resides in Freeport, Illinois with husband Andy and their two dogs, Animosh and Miika. A selection of Sigafus’ written works—both fiction and non—will be available for purchase following the program. Cash and card will be accepted. Free and open to the public, this program is made possible through the support of the Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau. For more information contact education@mchistory.org