Founded in 2002, Blue Cow Arts is a public non-profit in support of increased social
awareness through music, art and cultural education. In an increasingly
and perilously homogenous culture, BCA supports diversity through event
promotion, cultural exchange opportunities, and by hosting and
providing a forum for musicians, artists, educators and advocates of
sustainable living and cultural preservation.
Based in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Floyd, Virginia, BCA seeks to support innovative grassroots cultural efforts and movements, including the 4-day FloydFest, showcasing the wealth of local music, crafts and customs in the Floyd, Virginia area, alongside musicians, dancers and performance artists from all corners of the globe.
a Floyd -based non-profit, Blue Cow Arts has an interest in working
within our local and regional community to initiate dialogue, spark
awareness, and cultivate an understanding and appreciation of our
collective cultural heritage –its interesting similarities and its
beautiful diversity. BCA achieves this by raising funds through its
own operations and from the generous support of grants and donations,
and using these funds to present a variety of annual programming,
BCA in Central America!
In 2011 FloydFest promotor Kris
Hodges travelled with filmmaker Erich Woodrum to the heart of the Garafuna
culture in Belize, doing outreach in the Garafuna Children's School, and
recording thoughtful conversations with Garafuna cultural leaders and
ambassadors, including musician Paul Nabor and producer Ivan Duran. The
Garafuna are a cultural jewel, their tradition and music laced with history and
meaning, their heritage persevering despite persecution and
Blue Cow Arts asks for your help. We
are soliciting donations, 100% of which will go directly to the Garafuna
Children's School, in Dangriga, Beliza, for programming and simple provisions,
enabling the continued education of Garafuna children in the context of their
own culture and community.
Donations can be sent to the office
of Blue Cow Arts at PO Box 243, Floyd, VA. We'll send you a letter confirming
your tax-deductible donation.
annual music and arts festival FloydFest, at which BCA joins forces
with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to present
the finest gems of Appalachian musical heritage on the Workshop
Performances over the years have ranged from the forlorn accapella
of Reverend Frank Newsome singing from his true life experiences as
a Virginia Coal Miner to the 14 year old fiddle prodigy Montana
Young, with a whole lot in between.
Cultural Exchange Opportunities with Musicians Beyond our Borders
BCA travelled to Ghana, Africa, and initiated a one-year
host-community program with the Nii Tetti Tettey & the Kusun
Ensemble and a three-year program with the African Showboyz, and
worked to create cultural ties that enabled unique and fruitful
collaborations with well-known Western performers and eager
audiences across the country.Since
then, Blue Cow Arts has worked with local production company
Across-the-Way Productions to bring to the FloydFest stage musicians
from the world over, from Louisiana’s very own The Savoy Family
Band to Belize’s foremost Garifuna performer, Andy Palacio.
out to advocates and spokespersons for social awareness, personal
healing, environmental education, and personal transformation.
2010 season Charles Eisensteinwill
visit Floyd to speak about the evolution of the human self and
community culture, and BCA and the Against The Stream Foundation
will sponsor a series of Dharma talks on meditation and personal
transformation. :: click here for dates :: The Rock the Earth Foundation returns to
FloydFest as a BCA partner, working within the music community to
advocate for improved sustainable living practices.