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Hip Hop Literacy at Artisphere in Arlington, VA

During the last week of July, Asheru led the first of his Hip Hop Educational Literacy Program (H.E.L.P.) workshop series at Artisphere in Arlington, VA, and it was a truly amazing experience! Using the Mos Def song, “New World Water”, and H.E.L.P. workbooks, students had the chance to assemble in Artisphere’s Dome Theatre for a multimedia workshop exploring the many uses and abuses of water around the world.

From water scarce communities like in Angola, Africa, to water ravished communities like New Orleans, LA, and extremely water polluted areas such as the Gulf Coast in the Southeastern part of the US. From there, participants broke into smaller groups to create art and media projects with Guerilla Artists, Quest Skinner and Khalil Gill. With Quest, the students painted a beautiful, 12 foot mural with the theme of water conservation, and with Khalil, students were able to make a series of short, 30-second PSAs illustrating ways that we all can pitch in to conserve and make better use of water.

The students were a part of Progressive Educational Experiences in Cooperative Cultures (www.PEECC.org) summer program, and came to the workshop as a culminating activity to their summer enrichment around environmental awareness and empowerment.

Here is a recent article promoting the HELP series of workshops at Artisphere:
http://ballston.patch.com/articles/the-educational-power-of-hip-hop

More workshops to come, for both students and teachers! Please visit Artisphere.com for more info and to enroll yourself or your child! Scholarships available to Arlington residents.