Artist Development

The BACC offers programs that develop artists ability and advance artist in their careers. Our program support various mediums of art and all ages.

2023 Programs

Comic Creators

Starts: March 9

This is an eight month long program for aspiring comic book makers ages 10 – 17 years old. From characters to storyline, students will learn the basics of developing their own original graphic novel from beginning to end and have the opportunity to showcase their concepts at during our annual Black Arts Festival and the finished physical copy during Geek Fest 2023.  

Register Here Before March 1st

Stage Light Theatre

Starts: March 28

This is a two semester devised theatre program for ages 7 – 14. Devised theatre is a thetare method that allows participants to pull from their own life experiences and become the playwright, director, and actors in their own plays.

The first semester begins March 28, 2023 and ends July 8, 2023

Second semester begins July 18, 2023 and ends December 1, 2023.

Participants are welcome to attend both semesters which both include a stage production, theatre visits and tours of local companies, such as our partners K College and Farmers Alley Theatre, as well as attending a local play.

Register Here Before March 21

Community Classes


Throughout the year we offer one day classes centered around a different art medium. Any one interested in learning that art form can attend! Participants are able to keep whatever they create during the class. Head over to our events page to see if there are any classes you’d like to try.


Experiences & Exposure

By attending these programs, participants will view our exhibits for inspiration, networking amongst community members and experience a sense of pride from what they were able to create.  

Program Instructors



Comic Creators

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Black Arts & Cultural Center
359 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste. 102
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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Tuesday - Friday 9am - 5pm
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Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm


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