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Community First Foundation, INC. Partnered with New Artistic Creations, Sculpture Essence and J4LYF to form a new pilot program themed “New Artistic Creations” in Bessemer. The purpose of the new program is to introduce dance, art, and cultural education to inspire and build confidence, encourage freedom of expression, serves as a resource for strengthening families, and provide marketable skills for Bessemer’s youth.

Ultimately, the program will feature artists who live in Bessemer and work in other parts of Jefferson County or Alabama. These artists have vast knowledge and experience in different aspects of Cultural Arts to pass along to the youth of Bessemer. Working collaboratively, the community can only benefit from these efforts and enrich the Bessemer community for generations to come.

THE NAC held a workshop this week in Bessemer at Carver Baptist Church. The NAC performance workshop was primarily an artistic effort yet it addressed social services and community-driven partnerships which focused on using the arts as a creative tool to reach, educate and stimulate the community through our most significant resources, the children.

The NAC pilot project was funded by the State of Alabama, District 56 Representative Ms. Louise Alexander and will test this concept focusing on Art and Culture by working with an Alabama Music Awards (AMA) Show Honoree, Ms. Donna Edwards-Todd to teach dance, an art education advocate, Mrs. Janetta Benefield and a community development and social service advocate, Jongelyn Mathews.

Together their mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children in Bessemer, Alabama. Every child desires freedom to creatively express themselves.

Attendees from the NAC workshop will be performing at the Alabama Music Awards Fun Day at Bessemer City High School on Saturday, July 27th between 11 am and 1 pm and at First Baptist Carver Church at 1300 23rd Street, North, Bessemer, AL 35020 on Sunday, July 28th at 10 am.