University of Hip-Hop
Welcome to the University of Hip-Hop We are a multidisciplinary school of the street arts... Our students learn how to use graffiti arts, break-dance, emceeing, and turntablism for community beautification and transformation... We have teachers and youth who work across the country helping to design hip-hop community development projects and bring living color to the universe through hip-hop... Share your light with us, and let's build ideas for hip-hop work in the 21st Century!


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  1. Sun Run 1 October 1, 2008 at 6:17 PM
    “Peace” and “Impeach”
    Setting: University of Chicago
    UHipHop Interdisciplinary Curricular Training in
    Political Protest and Urban Farming
    Spring 2007

    Program description:
    Youth, educators, artists, youth advocates, community activists and other neighborhood development workers were invited to participate in a training session on how to incorporate hip-hop into educational curriculum and community development activities. Participants reviewed and discussed previously executed hip-hop education projects that provided diverse practices from various educational perspectives. Presenters also addressed other community work and how to combine these efforts with hip-hop artforms. Lavie Raven presented a public arts and empathy project done with youth and principals of schools in New Orleans, as a model for graffiti art empowering community voices. Anna Viertel, a seasoned urban farmer who has worked in Chicago for the last four years, explained urban farming and ways hip-hop can help with such projects. Additionally Elizabeth Lazdin-Pinkham, a representative from “World Can’t Wait” presented political activism and protest, and discussed how hip-hop can be used in social justice initiatives.

    After examining previous projects, participants addressed literature on the processes of using hip-hop as a tool within multi-disciplinary settings, and then shared in workshops where they develop their own sample curriculum. Participants received various tools and literature for developing new practices within their fields and were asked to join of a network of educators who can then share their projects with each other.

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