Thursday, December 5, 2013

1…2…3…Blast Off!

David Billingsley, BSOMA Executive Director sharing his passion for underserved youth & the arts.
"The game needs to be changed." 

We had an AMAZING launch party. Not only did we raise the public's awareness about the lack of arts access for underserved youth, but we also sold merchandise, garnered volunteer support and even raised over $2,350.00 to help us open the school in October of 2014. 

Thank you to everyone who came out to help us celebrate the launch of such an important arts organization in the Twin Cities. The cause was so critical and important that even US Senator Al Franken has endorsed us. 

Watch Al Franken's address to the attendees of the BSOMA Launch Party Here:

    What an amazing endorsement by US Senator Al Franken. 

Launch Party Photo Recap
Standing room only electric, eclectic and joyful crowd of BSOMA supporters enjoying the evening. 

Marie Chante, incredibly gifted spoken word artist. "Our babies will live and not die."
Improv Theater interpreting Marie Chante's arts access freestyle poem. 
Arthur "L.A." Buckner sharing his personal arts access story. A teacher discouraged L.A from pursuing the arts at a very young age. Yet he stayed the course and is finishing his bachelor's degree at McNally Smith College of Music.
Nate Kay, Dancer, 15 year old who's life was changed at the launch. This was his very 1st professional performance opportunity. Not only did he do a set, he performed impromptu with Robert Robinson and a live band.
Robert Robinson doing what he does best, wowing and inspiring the audience with his amazing gift and vocal ability.
Kenneth Caldwell, Artist interpreting the night through visual art.
Kenneth Caldwell's finished original BSOMA work. This piece was auctioned off  at the end of the night.

Pete Rhodes, Master of Ceremonies, BSOMA Board Member and CEO of BMA Network on Comcast kept us laughing and entertained all night.

Thank you so much for being so faithful to our blog. To date we have had over 5,000 visits.  
Stay tuned as we'll be releasing video footage from the launch and sharing some more new developments. 

Even if you didn't make it to the launch party you can still make a financial contribution this holiday season.  

Happy Holidays!

The BSOMA Team

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