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2009 Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce Cultural Event, "Being Branded"
***Tickets must now be purchased at the door***
$30/Adults and $15/Students and Seniors
Cash and Check Only
Sponsored by The Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC), 501c3 non-profit
Supporters are The Minnesota State Arts Board, American Family, Xcel Energy, Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC)
On September 17 and 18th, 7:30pm at the U of M Ridder Ice Arena, the MBCC and supporters will bring to the Twin Cities a cultural and education concert entitled, “Being Branded.”
MBCC understands that we need to identify what prevents minorities from collaborating, patronizing minority businesses and building alliances to create wealth and success in our communities
The cultural and education concert is a contemporary fusion of two art forms (modern dance and figure skating) allowing for movement explorations to take place on the ice where traditionally performed jumps and spins adopt an entirely new contextual significance. The concert’s purpose is to inspire the audience to witness and feel something they have never seen or experienced before: stories and complexities of racial and cultural identity being told on the ice by national and international competitive performers of color (Black, Puerto Rican and East Indian).
Our top outcomes are to:
Identify what prevents communities from mobilizing, working together and collaborating to create an abundance and strength to support the process of raising our youth
2. Identify past/psychic branding which has been internalized and perpetuated as toxic self perceptions
3. Understand what must be done to get beyond these toxic self-perceptions and to improve our professional and personal lives
The concert raises an awareness of the impact of our own toxic conditioning (or branding) has on our day to day lives. Becoming aware of these types of mental struggles and making productive changes to stop the perpetuation of toxic self-beliefs is a very personal journey. This awareness is cultivated and manifested in a different manner for each individual. Hence, the concert itself, along with the post-concert discussion will inspire individuals to begin this journey.
This is an event that enables the public to experience the often silenced perspectives, unspoken experiences, and unique situations of artists working in a medium that frequently does not embrace their difference. Giving these artists a medium to express what has been silenced helps pave the way for a broader level of acceptance of the cultural diversity that characterizes the Twin Cities community.
Ridder Ice Arena
University of Minnesota
1901 4th St. SE
Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce
As the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce, we have formed ourselves with a determination to embrace the needs and aspirations of every segment of our people. We acknowledge the essential role that creation and profitable operations of businesses owned by the people of African decent play in the broader struggle. Our vision is consistent to our place in history. As people in business and as an association of businesses the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce promotes and improves the general welfare, prosperity, and inter-connectedness of the community of African descent.
The chamber became an affiliate of the National Black Chamber of Commerce in 2004 and received its’ 501(c3) status in 2005. The Chamber acknowledges the commerce generated from disparities and the un-aggregated consumerism of our community. We promote strategies to capture the revenues to secure economic benefits in the following ways:
- Providing education to Black businesses
- Monitoring and recruiting business opportunities for Black businesses
- Sponsoring youth internships at local minority owned businesses
- Providing access to capital through our alliances
- Supporting other organizations that support Black business