Bouncing Back: BMCC Arts & Culture Festival 2011

Join us in celebrating the 13th Annual BMCC Arts & Culture Festival, showcasing the resilience and strength of the human spirit. Swing into the library to get a look at BMCC student art, a schedule of festival events, and even more celebrations. Click here for more info.

The organizers of this year's Arts & Culture Festival say it best in their welcome statement, as found in the festival program:

BOUNCING BACK” from adversity has taken on special meaning in recent weeks with the floods in Australia, and earthquakes devastating New Zealand and Pendleton’s sister city, Minamisomo, in Japan. Human resilience has been front and center in newspapers and on television.
Closer to home many people are “Bouncing Back” from personal adversities brought on, perhaps, by a poor economy, a deployment in Iraq, bigotry directed at them, or other difficult personal experiences.
This year BMCC’s 13th Annual Spring Arts and Culture Festival, April 4-6, 2011, with the theme: “Bouncing Back,” is showcasing the resilience and strength of the human spirit.
Our goal has remained the same over the years. We want the Festival to be a community wide celebration of human creativity and cultural diversity.
Some of our guest speakers include:
Deborah Jiang Stein, a writer who speaks on overcoming adversity. Stein was born heroin-addicted in a women’s prison and has gone on to become a nationally renowned motivational speaker and memoirist. Stein also speaks on her experiences with transracial adoption as an Asian woman who was adopted by a Jewish couple.
Jade Esteban Estrada, a comedian who brings to light issues of sexual orientation in minority cultures. Estrada has performed on Comedy Central and appeared on NBC’s sitcom 30 Rock. Catch his presentations during the day on Monday, and his show at 7:00pm in the Theater.
Jeff Golden, a Harvard National Scholar and Stanford University graduate, who speaks on issues of the media and democracy.
Johnny Lake, Diversity Trainer and Storyteller will also be with us on Monday and Tuesday. His sessions will explore issues of race and diversity through story, personal experience, humor and audience interaction. You won’t want to miss his energetic and insightful sessions.
Tuesday evening at 7:00pm we are excited to have Deborah Jiang Stein, as our Eastern Oregon Forum Keynote speaker.

There's even more celebrations going on in the library! Check out these awesome displays throughout the building:

  • When entering the library, enjoy our exhibit of BMCC student art, courtesy of the BMCC Art Department. You can see more art on the walls of Pioneer Hall, and even vote for your favorite!
  • RESCHEDULED: The 5th Annual BMCC Literary Arts Competition has extended its deadline by popular request! Get your writing on for a shot at great prizes.
  • Dig that beat, cats! April is National Jazz Appreciation Month, and we're celebrating America's own music with displays for the eyes and jazz for the ears all day long.
  • April is also National Poetry Month, and we've got free poems for you to take, as well as famous and favorite poems all over the library.