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“Culture and art are luxuries for most BFL clients.  When we are trying to survive and put food on the table, we don’t necessarily understand that culture and art are literally, nourishment for the soul.  BFL’s Cultural, Educational and Business Center offers programs and activities to feed our souls.” 

DeBorah Ahmed - Executive Director Better Family Life Cultural, Educational, and Business Center. Vice President, Cultural Arts

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Deborah Ahmed
Vice President of Cultural Arts

 

Cultural Arts Team

 
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Our mission is to create programs and activities, and provide information that exemplifies the cultural and artistic traditions of people in Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas.

Cultural Arts Programs

 
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Afrikan Fusion and Traditional West African Dance Classes

Tuesdays / 6:00pm-7:30pm / $7.00/Person

Ages 10 and older

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Art and Empowerment Mural Tours

The Art and Empowerment mural is the largest Black history mural in the state of Missouri. We offer guided tours to groups and individuals.  Cost: $10/person (Group rates available).

A curriculum accompanies the mural.  It can be used to supplement a guided tour or as an independent study guide.  Cost: $25.  Discount rates available if ordering 10 or more copies.

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Black Cinema

Screening of Black films from Afrika and the Diaspora.  Schedule of showings varies.

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Essence of Earth Market

Monthly marketplace usually featuring 6-10 locally-owned and operated businesses. They sell items that might include Afrikan and Afrikan-inspired clothing and other apparel, jewelry, hand-crafted soaps and candles, food items, literature, etc.  

4th Friday of each month

Noon to 5:00pm unless otherwise posted

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The Black Dance Research Library 

A multimedia archive that tracks the evolution of African and African inspired dance techniques. Footage is from the classes, lectures, interviews and performances held during BLACK DANCE-USA: A Celebration in Movement, since its inception in 1985.  Open to the general public, students and researchers. 

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Urban Rhythms

An arts education and prevention program model which utilizes the cultural and artistic traditions of Africa and African descended people worldwide.  This curriculum supports and increases the concept of wellness, as well as curb school violence, prevent dropouts, and improves academic performance among school-age youth.   Urban Rhythms is divided into seven sections.   Each section is a stand-alone component, or we can do any combination of components.  Urban Rhythms is geared towards elementary, middle, and high-school age students for the in-school program, and 10-14 year olds for the summer program.  

Cost: $250/contact period

Contact BFL for further information

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Yoga Classes at the Cultural Center

Mondays / 6:00-7:00pm / $7 - Individual Classes.   Session Rates Available

Ages 5 and older

Upcoming Events

 
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Annual Events

 
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BLACK DANCE – USA: A Celebration in Movement

The Art and Empowerment mural is the largest Black history mural in the state of Missouri. We offer guided tours to groups and individuals.  Cost: $10/person (Group rates available).

A curriculum accompanies the mural.  It can be used to supplement a guided tour or as an independent study guide.  Cost: $25.  Discount rates available if ordering 10 or more copies.

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Kwanzaa Holiday Expo

One the nation’s largest and longest running Kwanzaa celebrations. This event focuses on the fourth principle of KWANZAA – UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics) in an atmosphere reminiscent of an African marketplace.  Part of the programming also includes performances by local, regional and national artists; workshops, speakers, film screenings, and educational activities.  

Timeframe: Second weekend in December

Length: Two days