Cultural Arts Series - Fall 2016


Boilerfest -- New Student Orientation

August 25, 4-6 pm
BCC Parking Lot

Connect with the BCC to begin the celebration of our fall theme. A premier performance by Purdue Express, electronic bull riding, and the Friday Night Funk Out Band will all be featured. Boilerfest introduces you to the BCC, various student organizations, campus support services, and community partners.

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September 17, 6:30 pm
Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N. 6th St.

INTERSECTIONS has been CANCELLED. Instead, see BVOI perform at Global Fest at the Morton Community Center on Sept. 17 from 11am-7pm.

"Big Mama Speaks" featuring Vanessa Adams-Harris

September 22, 7 pm
Fowler Hall, Stewart Center

Vanessa Adams-Harris will perform "Big Mama Speaks," a one-act vignette that traces the history of the Greenwood District – Tulsa, Oklahoma's African American community renowned nationally in the early 20th century for its preeminent black entrepreneurs.

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BCC Friends & Family Day

September 24, immediately following the football game

Stop by the BCC for this popular annual fall event. Marcia Fountain-Blacklidge will lead a hands-on workshop for participants to create artwork reflecting connections between culture, nature and spirituality. A short theatrical performance of Oklahoma history will be presented.

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Research Tour – Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK

October 7-11

This educational tour celebrates the vibrant heritage of Oklahoma by exploring the rich influence of pioneers, trailblazers and entrepreneurs. Participants will learn about the "Trail of Tears," Black Towns, Tulsa Race Riot, cowboy culture and more!

Homecoming Celebration

October 14-16

Welcome back! Meet and network with alumni and current students at events hosted by the BCC and the Purdue Black Alumni Organization, The weekend will also include a Sunday morning Gospel Brunch featuring BVOI Alumni Choir at the Trails banquet facility.

Roxane Gay Lecture

October 20, 6:30 pm
Ivy Tech Community College (Auditorium), 3101 S. Creasy Ln.

Roxane Gay, New York Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist, founder of literary magazine PANK, and Purdue professor, will speak on the intersectionality of gender, race, and sexuality. This event is co-sponsored by Indiana Voices of Women, the Purdue LGBTQ Center and the BCC.

Register for your tickets here.

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BCC Coffee House/Performing Arts Ensemble Showcase

October 21-22, 7 pm

Don't miss your chance to see our Performing Arts Ensembles in a showcase that features powerful acts, words, movement and music.

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Art Burton: "African American Presence on the Western Frontier"

October 26, 7 pm
Stewart Center, Room 206

Critically acclaimed author Art T. Burton will give voice to the African American experience of the American West. His presentation will entertain and enlighten audience members as he examines the life and times of black men and women who settled on the Western frontier.

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Mavis Staples: "Living on a High Note"

November 4, 8 pm
Loeb Playhouse
*Pre-Show with James Dekle at 7 pm, Stewart Center, Room 202

Mavis Staples unmatched gospel and rhythm and blues masterpieces span 60 years and even served as a musical backdrop to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign for civil rights. Co-sponsored by Purdue Convocations.

Purchase tickets here.

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We Are All Connected

November 6 - December 8
Opening Reception: Nov. 6, 1-4 pm
Art Exhibit: Nov. 6 - Dec. 8
Affinity Councils: Nov. 7 - Dec. 9
Closing Celebration: Dec. 8, 6-8 pm
West Lafayette Public Library, 208 W. Columbia St.

"We Are All Connected" illustrates, through art, dialogue, and the film The Way Home, the forces that bring women of all cultures together from the present and into the future. The exhibit features paintings, glasswork, clay sculptures and much more by Chippewa Indian artist Marcia Fountain-Blacklidge. Contact for more information about participation in the Affinity Councils. Co-sponsored by Indiana Voices of Women.

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BCC Alumni Speaker Series – Dr. Kimberly Ellis
“Enemies, Both Foreign and Domestic: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921”

November 9, 7 pm
Stewart Center, Room 206

Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis will give a multimedia presentation on the Tulsa Race Riot, War and Massacre of 1921, one of the worst cases of domestic terrorism in the history of the United States. Her presentation will cover facts, misconceptions and popular mythology around the terrible tragedy, the quest for reparations for the survivors, the role of the Supreme Court and President Barack Obama, as well as the relationship to police shootings and killings, and the Black Lives Matters Movement.

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Entertainment in Historic Idlewild: The Summer Apollo of Michigan

November 15 - December 10
Black Cultural Center

Idlewild, Michigan was a thriving entertainment and tourist hot spot in the 1950s and 60s. This black and white photography exhibit features big name entertainers, showgirls and promotional materials from the era.

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Cultural Arts Festival
"The Power In Secrets: Relearn-Redefine-Rebuild"

December 2, 7 pm
Loeb Playhouse

Admission: General Public - $7; Purdue Students - $5

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"On the Shoulders of Our Ancestors: The Art of Willis Bing Davis"

December 16 - February 26
Reception: Dec. 16, 6:30-8:30 pm
Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, 102 S. 10th St.

Working in paint, pastel, ceramics and mixed media, Willis Bing Davis is inspired by and draws upon his rich African heritage, creating contemporary works that reflect his ancestral past. Don't miss your chance to see his collection, which has been exhibited at numerous venues including the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.


Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

8 a.m. - 8 p.m.


2 p.m. - 9 p.m.

*Library hours vary slightly

Contact Information

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West Lafayette, IN 47907


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