Annual Words Beats & Life Teach-In Event (REGISTER NOW!)
DATE:Saturday July 7, 2012
VENUE: Howard University Armour J. Blackburn University Center
Words Beats & Life Annual Teach-In Event
Remixing the Art of Social Change: Expanding The Cipher
First 100 to register will be FREE
Register Here: wblinc.org/teachin
The regular cost of admission will kick in right after these 100 people register. The regular registration fee will be $20. The Agenda for the Teach-in will be released on Wednesday June 6th at noon EST.
What is the Teach-In?
Words Beats & Life is helping move the field of hip-hop education/activism/artistry to the next stage of our development by helping artists, scholars and arts managers build their individual and organizational capacity for excellence, scale, and sustainability. Our goal is to strengthen the network of hip-hop based youth-serving organizations, scholars and independent artists around the world by sharing promising practices, building partnerships and celebrating excellence . We do this through our Teach-In called “Remixing the Art of Social Change”.
The Teach-in was inspired by the release of a past issue of the Words Beats & Life Global Journal of Hip-Hop, called “The Blueprint for a Movement”. As a part of the release of the issue (in November of 2007), WBL staff organized the first “teach-in” at Howard University to showcase the work being done around the country through the medium of hip-hop culture to transforms communities and individual lives. It included best practices presentations, artist exhibitions, panel discussions, fundraising workshops and interactive workshops.
This upcoming teach-in in DC will be the fifth time we have hosted this event in the District of Columbia. Last year, we had more than 205 registering organization from around the country at the DC Teach-In.
This years DC Teach-in will be a one day event for organizations that operate as Hip-Hop Non-Profits, Non-Profits Organizations using Hip-Hop, Non-Profits Working with the Hip-Hop Generation(s), scholars & independent hip-hop artists. The Teach-In is designed to share the tools and resources necessary to develop curriculum, retain and attract high caliber hip-hop artists and build career paths, art and sustainable and innovative organizations.
Our field is made up of organizations that use hip-hop culture to promote social change and push the envelope of what hip-hop culture can produce artistically, politically and socially. The presenters at Remixing the Art of Social Change are the artists and educators who never gave up on hip-hop and are actively still working through it to promote love, peace, unity and having fun. The teach-in is for people who move beyond hip-hop as a purely aesthetic art and see it as a vehicle to build organizations and to educate youth and families along with their communities through the arts.