SUMMER ‘19

 
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Call your brothers magnificent, call all your sisters queens. We all on the same team.
— Rapsody

YOUTH ACADEMY

Visual. Music. Performance. Wait ‘til you see what you can do…

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A DCPL SUMMER

Every corner of Hip-Hop at your neighborhood Library.

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ADULT CLASSES

Everything we offer those pesky kids (without the pesky kids).

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CHINATOWN BLOCK PARTY

Thank you for an incredible Summer!

CREATIVE ECO

Creative career institute for future creative pros.

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DC SCORES

For those with the energy to keep up.

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Life is amazin’, it is what it should be.
— Lil Baby
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Mission

We are unapologetic advocates for the transformative power of Hip-Hop culture in all its forms, empowering artists to relentlessly create and refine systems that demonstrate positive change through our individual and collective brilliance. We embrace the sacred nature of our work and our roles as keepers and innovators of our culture.

Vision

We create arts based educational experiences that equip youth, arts managers, teaching artists and scholars to move from theory to practice. We harness the power of the imagination to reshape the lives and communities we serve.

Values

  • Education:  Hip-Hop is a powerful teaching tool because it engages people intellectually, creatively and socially.

  • Opportunity:  Educators, artists, activists and scholars in Hip-Hop require access to the tools and information necessary to build their skills, knowledge and experiences into tangible results and solutions for individuals and communities.

  • Ownership:  Artists and communities should be the primary owners of the cultural artifacts they produce, archive and present.

  • Creativity:  Educators, artists, activists and scholars develop and protect environments of innovation.

Hip-Hop Is…

Hip-Hop is a community working to master a set of artistic forms and cultural practices created to transform the lives of individual artists and their communities.  By engaging Hip-Hop as a community of cultural practitioners, we affirm the value of the artist through the appreciation and uplifting of their lives, and their art.  At the heart of all we do is the belief that Hip-Hop often acts as the path towards Self Mastery, also know as the Knowledge of Self.

Our Community

Our community is both local and global.  Some work within Hip-Hop culture, some are casual fans, some want to learn and some are interested in transforming communities by any means. We engage audiences from the DMV area through our classes and events.  We galvanize a national audience through our Teach-In and retreats. We teach and learn with a global audience through our Journal and Hip-Hop ambassadors.

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