The mission of (VC)Bynum Arts and Education is
to empower communities through education,
dance, and other art forms.
As we move into the 2022 Holiday season, we continue to support our communities. In 2022, we partnered with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the City of Bellevue, the Seattle Peace Chorus, Dr. Mimms presents, and the City of Seattle to hire artists of color for performances in person and online. Our next Humanity concert will be held in 2023.
For the 2021 season we partnered with Special Moments for Kids and we assisted an individual artist who is battling cancer. She still faces challenges but is now in remission. Humanity 2020 raised funds for organizations that help feed families in need.
Please consider supporting our mission this season as we continue our objectives:
To connect artists of color in the community, and provide avenues for local artists to contribute their talents and find work at a time where Covid-19 demands us to social distance.
To creatively examine the race and social justice issues that have created an uphill battle for equality. No Justice, No Peace.
To educate our community about Black History as it relates to systemic racism.
As the concept for Humanity – An Evolving
Perspective grew, it became clear that this work is a vast amount of history that cannot be told in one short presentation. It would take FOREVER!
Our mission is to continue the narrative by presenting the We Inspire Humanity Series.
Humanity: An Evolving perspective
Humanity: An Evolving perspective of Love
Humanity: Women of the Movement
Humanity: The Church as an Advocate
Humanity: The "Tricks" of the "trade"
Humanity: Hope for the Future
Come with us on our journey to artistically explore Humanity and how our stories have shifted and evolved.
"Equality, and I will be Free" - Maya Angelou
To Honor Our Ancestors
Humanity: An Evolving Perspective
is a virtual performance spearheaded by Vania C Bynum (Bynum Arts and Education Movement) in partnership with Jaime Waliczek (Jerboa Dance). The vision for this virtual fundraiser stemmed from Vania’s production of the 2005 Hurricane Relief Benefit, produced in partnership with the Allied Arts Foundation and Microsoft (BAM). The title, Humanity, was originally inspired by a visit to a museum in Maui, Hawaii - where curator Vania, learned of the mistreatment that Hawaiians endured during the 20th century. The malice and inequitable practices paralleled that of the general discrimination against People of Color across the globe.
The theme of Humanity was influenced by the desire of Vania and Jaime to assist our community as it is being impacted by COVID-19 and the deaths of Black citizens due to police brutality. In the midst of the global pandemic, the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd , and many others has accelerated the movement for equality and justice, causing a long overdue increase in momentum. In separate corners, both artists asked the same questions to each other. What can we do to help our communities?
Together we stand.
"We honor our Ancestors by sharing a narrative of truth. We can only move forward when we acknowledge realities of the past"
Vania C Bynum