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The heart of St. Louis is alive with people who live here and others passing by. The Crown District is our brick and mortar commitment to Saint Louis, South City and our community. 

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Mission
To foster a holistic, arts-integrated appraoch to healing the community we serve, BreakBox Thought Collective aims to provide culturally responsive events, economic oppurtunities, and programs which create lasting impact in the Central Valley through cross-sector collaboration.
Vision

Our vision is to create opportunity for overlooked groups in the City of Fresno through community based partnerships.
How?
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Sparking Conversation
We initiate, convene, and facilitate conversations where truth can be spoken to power.
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Creating Opportunities
We produce media content, events, and internship opportunities.
03
Encouraging Collaboration
We create grassroots spaces to mobilize the Black community's resilience, creativity, and economic growth.
04
Building Bridges
We believe Storytelling is the connective tissue that builds a bridge between our organization, our community, and our culture.
"We critically understand the impact of media, music, and education on our society's perceptions. We seek to create initiatives that birth new narratives. Let's reimagine our world together!"
-Jamillah Finley
Awards
2/13 BreakBox Thought Collective Day
Proclaimed by the City of Fresno
Big Tell 2020 Winner

Jamillah "Lila" Finley

Founder & Executive Director

Jamillah oversees BBTC's project management and the innovative youth internship programs that produce initiatives, campaigns and trainings for social change. With more than twenty years experience as an educator in the public school system, Jamillah, affectionately known as "Lila" has received many different awards including the Fresno Unified School District Teacher of the Year, Artist in Residence for Fresno County Office of Education, and the African American Heritage Award for Excellence in Education from former State of California Assemblyman, Henry T. Perea. In 2020, the City of Fresno proclaimed February 13 to be BreakBox Thought Collective Day.

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02 ARSENAL

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03 FLYER

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04 PERNOD

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05 CHIPPEWA

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06 Lansdowne

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07 CHRISTY

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08 Eichelberger

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