On August 11, 2019, the Board of Directors named Sydney Davis as Interim Director of the Black Arts and Cultural Center (BACC) to replace outgoing Executive Director Yolonda Lavender.

Yolonda Lavender served the BACC for five years, helping to revitalize and strengthen the organization. Under the leadership of Yolonda, the organization was able to grow its budget and membership base restructure and grow the infamous Black Arts Festival and create new programming for the organization overall.  Yolonda has left a legacy that will allow the BACC to continue to scale for years to come. We wish Yolonda well as she continues in her professional journey, making an even greater impact on the greater Kalamazoo community.

The Board is excited to have Sydney step into the role of Interim Director. A graduate of Western Michigan University and George Washington University, Sydney brings an expertise to the organization in systems creation and development. Sydney has masterfully blended her skills as an engineer and art’s entrepreneur to help enhance programming at the BACC. When she joined the organization in 2018 as the program coordinator, Sydney hit the ground running by redeveloping the organizations website, creating an online system for membership and adding key education programs for arts professionals of various backgrounds.

Sydney has both the skills and passion to help take the BACC to the next level and we are delighted that she will be with the organization through this transition. The Black Arts and Cultural Center has been in existence for 33 years. The BACC develops potential and creativity in Blacks in the Kalamazoo area, advances the awareness of Black artistic ability, helps to preserve Black cultural heritage and enhance interactions among diverse groups. To learn more about the BACC go to blackartskalamazoo.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.