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BCAP initiative honored in DC
The Birmingham Cultural Alliance Partnership (B-CAP) was one of 17 honorees from the U.S. and Mexico presented with the 2006 Coming Up Taller Award in Washington, DC on January 22. Coming Up Taller is an initiative of the Prresident’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The awards recognize and support outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of the young people of America, providing them with new oppportunities to learn and contribute to their communities. It also highlights the contributions made by historians, scholars, librarians and visual and performing artists to families and communities by mentoring children.
B-CAP is a initiative led by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) involving six area cultural institutions, the City of Birmingham, Alabama and the Birmingham City Board of Education. It annually connects 200 inner-city youth from Banks and Hudson Middle Schools with BCRI’s community partners using arts and humanities to reinforce classroom learning, promote student achievement, nuture personal development and increase parental involvement in education.
For more information, visit the Coming Up Taller website by clicking here. Congratulations, now if I could only find out the names of all of the institutions involved…
Filed under: 2006 Elections, AL, Alabama Politics, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Blogging, britebluedot, Catalyst, Cities, city stages, Civic Engagement, civic/service organizations, Commentary, cultural institutions, The Year in Review
With election time drawing near the blog took an uncharacteristic turn from time to time at the current political climate in Birmingham, Alabama. This meant looking at just how large the blue dot was becoming (if it was) as well as the results of the debates for the 2006 election cycle at the end of the month. One could draw from the votes in November that either everybody watched the debates, or nobody did.
Despite the loss of the Jaycees haunted house before the haunting season even began, the region enjoyed the it’s usual array of spooking and scaring. We did see what many believed to be a specter come to life as a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Railroad Reservation Park downtown.
Some things deserve some fanfare and stay under the radar screen on purpose. This post talking about a Thanksgiving present that truly captures what we’ve turned this holiday into. This one talks of why the pride we should have in our local cultural institutions should be greater than it currently is. And every once in a while it’s nice to know about some of the other festivals that take place around the city, such as this post on the Harambee Festival. One final one was the post that followed the first ever meeting of the Civic Organization Roundtable. I’m hopeful now that most of the personal issues are dealt with, we will see some progress from this group in the beginning of the new year.
Two more months to go.
The Year in Review: January and a little December ‘05 too
The Year in Review: February 2006
The Year in Review: March 2006
The Year in Review: April 2006
The Year in Review: May 2006
The Year in Review: June 2006
The Year in Review: July 2006
The Year in Review: August 2006
The Year in Review: September 2006