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Black History Month 2021
This year's theme "The Show Goes On", speaks to the resilience of a people who utilized some of their most valuable assets - creative and artistic expression - to overcome obstacles, navigate uncertain circumstances, and still come out on top. From gospel to blues to rap; dance to poetry to literature; photography and visual arts - we can find stories of the journey to freedom, civil rights and equity. By acknowledging and honoring the timeless artistic contributions of the Black community, we will reflect upon how and why the arts have been a source of inspiration and uplift that will bolster our community for generations to come.
Black History Month 2021 Virtual Gala
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Black History Month Gala
The 17th Annual Black History Month Gala which will take place on Saturday, February 27th virtually beginning at 6 p.m., the ticketed, public event will be held over Zoom video conferencing. E-tickets to attend the event over Zoom must be made in advance at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, online at www.bctboxoffice.org or by phone at 812-323-3020. E-ticket options include a 4"x4" or "6x6" Charcuterie Board by Blooming Boards.
The Camisha R. Sims Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund
Contributions to the Camisha R. Sims Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund can be made online at www.cfbmc.org/donate-now/ or by check to the Community Foundation of Bloomington Monroe County, 100 South College Avenue, Suite 240, Bloomington, IN 47404. Checks should be made out to the Community Foundation of Bloomington Monroe County. Please indicate "The Camisha R. Sims Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund" on the memo line of your check.
Black history month signiture events
Black History Month Kickoff
State of the Black Community Address
Black History Month Essay Contest
2021 Black history month Awards
Living Legend Award
Joel Washington is a self-taught, Indiana-based artist. His one-of-a-kind acrylic paintings have been showcased at the Indiana State Museum, London's Parallax Art Fair and the U.S. Embassy in Thailand.
He began his journey as an artist after seeing the Beatles' movie "Yellow Submarine" when he was a child. Along with the Beatles, Joel counts jazz, vintage Disney animation, comic books, classic films and the art of the 1960s among his influences. Read more about Joel.
Joel accepts commissions for artwork from around the country. He also produces a line of custom skateboards featuring his work.
Outstanding Black Leaders of Tomorrow
Adult Male Recipient
Adult Female Recipient
High School Male Recipient
2021 Essay Contest Winners
1st Place - Lauren T., Binford Elementary
2nd Place- Annika S., Clear Creek Elementary
3rd Place -Avi D., University Elementary
1st Place - Irene F., Jackson Creek Middle
2nd Place- Heejoo A., Jackson Creek Middle
3rd Place -Eva H., Jackson Creek Middle
1st Place - Willow S., Homeschool
2nd Place- Jackson C., North High School
3rd Place -Trinity K., The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship
2021 Black history month sponsors
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