Celebrating Inclusivity and Creativity: BAC's Color in Motion Arts Festival
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Celebrating Inclusivity and Creativity: BAC's Color in Motion Arts Festival

For 39 years, Brevard Achievement Center (BAC) has shared with the community the transformative power of the arts. In February, its annual Color in Motion Arts Festival marked yet another milestone in the organization’s unwavering commitment to fostering inclusivity, empowerment, and accessibility through the arts. 

The festival provides students with a platform to freely express themselves, build confidence, and forge connections with their peers in a nurturing and supportive environment. The picturesque setting of Brevard Zoo served as the inspirational backdrop to over 1,514 individuals including exceptional student education (ESE) students and their teachers, peers, and families.

Over the course of this three-day signature event, attendees of the festival were immersed in creative hands-on activities, including a newly introduced musical petting zoo. BAC Arts Program Manager Lee Sorensen expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “The Color in Motion Arts Festival is a truly inspiring and uplifting experience for all of our students, teachers, and families.” 

Central to the resounding success of this year’s arts festival was BAC’s collaboration with Brevard Zoo, whose ongoing partnership helped create a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere where every participant felt valued and empowered. 

In acknowledging the indispensable support they received, BAC also extends its gratitude to more than 500 volunteers from Eastern Florida State College (EFSC), Brevard Public Schools (BPS), GFWC Viera Woman’s Club, BAC’s Arts Council, along with local teaching artists Mary Moon, Kricket Moros and Charles Baumgartner; in addition to their sponsors Lotane & Associates, P.A., Ilene Davis CFP of Financial Independence Services, Costco Wholesale, and Chic-Fil-A, whose generosity played a crucial role in not only ensuring the success of this year’s festival, but in enriching the experiences of all involved.

Studies have shown that the arts serve as a powerful medium for self-expression, empowerment, and identity formation, offering individuals with disabilities avenues for creativity, communication, and personal growth. Activities like music therapy, dance, painting, and theater not only enhance cognitive function but also promote motor skills, emotional well-being, and social interaction among individuals with disabilities.

As BAC celebrates the achievements of the 39th annual festival, the organization remains steadfast in its mission of empowering individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, amidst their celebration, BAC faces a critical funding gap that threatens the continuity of its most essential enrichment and empowerment programs. These vital initiatives, pivotal in positively impacting the lives of individuals with disabilities, are sadly at risk due to financial constraints.

To help ensure the sustainability of these programs and pave the way for a more equitable and empowering future, BAC is calling upon potential partners, sponsors, and future donors to join their mission. Keri Goff, Director of Community Relations at BAC, invites individuals and organizations to contribute and safeguard these programs by reaching out via email at kgoff@bacemploy.com or calling 321.632.8610 x 203. Individual donations can also be made online at https://bacemploy.com/give-online-form/ 

Your vital support will help ensure that individuals of all abilities have the opportunity to thrive and succeed through the transformative power of the arts for years to come.

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