The Bailey Learning and Arts Collective, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help build knowledgeable, socially responsible communities and leaders utilizing a grassroots ideology, low and no-cost activities, and arts promotion and instruction.

What’s New in ’24…

Congratulations to the founder of BLAAC Terri Bailey for receiving the SPARC352 Artist Grant to produce Gainesville Proper and a mini documentary called When the Music was Cheap and Damn Near Free! A Celebration of Historically Black Communities of Gainesville, Florida through Poetry, Stories, Photos and Visual Art is a project created to safeguard the cultural heritage of East Gainesville by blending literature, visual art, and storytelling. At the end of this project there will be a coffee table book, a book of poetry, black and white artwork, a poetry reading, a video presentation, and an event featuring an exhibit.

BLAAC would like to congratulate founder Terri Bailey for receiving The Randy Martin Spirit Award: Imagining America! This award celebrates professionals working with higher education who demonstrate original thinking and consistently achieve excellence in the areas of artistry, mentorship, institutional leadership, and pedagogy.

In 2023:

BLAAC is happy to report that this year we served community members of all demographics. We served ages ranged from 12 to 58 years old. 59% self-identified as Black and 24% identified as Hispanic. We provided menstrual and incontinence products to 29 women in Gainesville in 2023. These products included pads, condoms, adult diapers, and more.

This year, we received grants from both The University of Florida Center for Humanities in the Public Sphere and The City of Gainesville, One Nation One Project!! Grants totaled $11,499.

The city of Gainesville proclaimed March 16, 2023, Bailey Learning and Arts Collective Day!

Get the full story in this article for the Independent Alligator Newspaper! 
“Poet, activist Terri Bailey build community among women in Gainesville” by Lauren Whiddon

Upcoming Events:

Join us for Warrior Women’s Wellness Self-Care for the Divine Feminine Glamping Retreat.  Thistransformative weekend is all about self-care, empowerment, sisterhood, and a sacred celebration of the divine feminine! This retreat is a safe place for you to feel empowered and nurtured and rekindle your connection with nature. This weekend is packed with activities designed to help you embrace self-love, self-care, and healing, as well as unleash creativity through writing and art. For more information or to register, click here 

Most Recent Event:

Intern Poster Project

This spring, Nicole, Delfina, and Danielle interned at BLAAC through UF’s Active Learning Program. At the end of their program they created a poster presentation highlighting what they worked on. The interns helped with events, created a newsletter, helped with finances, applied for grants, and created graphics. The interns also planned a vision board event.

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