Looking for something to do over February Vacation?
On Tuesday, Feb. 21, Bedford High School’s newest performing arts group, “Born from a Boombox (BFAB) Artistry” will be holding a fundraiser at Red Heat Tavern. Red Heat will contribute 10 percent of all of the dine-in and take-out sales from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday to the group in their pilot year.
BFAB is a group founded by the BHS staff member (and BHS Class of 2017 graduate) Brianna Beasley. The group’s goal is to inspire and showcase talent while celebrating culture.
During her time as a BHS student, Beasley began to recognize the opportunity that the arts gave her to explore different cultures, backgrounds, and histories that aren’t traditionally taught through the school curriculum. Returning to the staff at BHS, she has invited any students (and faculty) to join this group as a way to encourage self-love and acceptance, be a space for education on overlooked topics and safe activism, create a supportive environment for members of the BFAB group and unity amongst the school community, and to use performance as a platform.
Beasley’s vision includes opportunities for students to express and empower themselves (and also their histories and cultures) through artistry in ways that may not traditionally be available to kids – spoken work, singing, poetry, music, photography, videography, comedy, and most visibly through dance.
Those who attended the Black History Month event on Thursday had a chance to see the BHS BFAB Step Team; the team has also performed at the school pep rally, and at sports halftime shows.
Beasley said she often shares with the kids “Avoid asking yourself the questions of ‘What if?’ In everything you do, follow your inspiration, make sure your heart is uplifted, and give your very best towards everything, big or small. We strive to produce excellence and growth, in all aspects of performing; academically, socially, and spiritually.”
Dining at Red Heat on Tuesday will help the group continue to support the current group of students through education, spirit wear, bonding events, and perhaps attending and traveling to competitions, as well as expanding the program in new ways.
BFAB invites everyone to dine at Red Heat on Tuesday.