WE NEED YOUR HELP!! ARTISTS! PROFESSIONALS! YOUTH ADVOCATES! CONCERNED CITIZENS! We are hiring tutors, arts instructor and administrative positions for now, so PLEASE EMAIL ASHERU@WETHEWILLING.ORG TODAY!!!
Through a 21st Century Learning Communities grant, Guerilla Arts is pairing up wth Howard University’s Center for Urban Progress (CUP) and Neighborhood Networks to provide afterschool academic and arts enrichment to the surrounding Garfield Terrace and Park Morton Housing Developments. As a result, the Guerilla Arts Afterschool Program (GAP) will provide authentic, arts-based exposure opportunities to student participants through artist-led workshops, music, film, various field trips, and other activities. The purpose is to stimulate the holistic development of the student participants, while giving our top-notch, award winning staff of professional artists the opportunity to give back to their communities in an authentic, hands-on way.
Every day, GAP begins with a one-hour whole group literacy activity and team building exercise through the use of our unique curriculum, H.E.L.P., the Hip Hop Educational Literacy Program. From there, students will convene for community snack time and quick group circle to explain/discuss the agenda for each day. Students then break out into their chosen workshop groups of interest, and work on arts-related, project-based workshop lessons provided by our unique brand of arts instructors. Current workshops include the following:
Photography, Visual Arts Club (mural art, digital arts, etc.), and Studio Production. In the Fall, we plan to extend our services to include a Rites of Passage program for Young Women and Young Men ages 12-18. Other programming for the Fall will include classes and outreach to parents and guardians, as well as the participation of various community service projects, as part of the ongoing Green Line Initiative, a campaign to bring about environmental awareness to largely underserved communities through the use of the arts as a means of community beautification.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A VOLUNTEER OF PAID POSITION WITH GUERILLA ARTS INK, PLEASE EMAIL ASHERU@WETHEWILLING.ORG TODAY!!!
Over the last few months, I have been able to get some local media coverage around H.E.L.P. in the classroom: The first was this article, written by Marcus Moore for the Montgomery County (MD) Gazette. The article follows a teacher by the name of Helen Dana, who is using H.E.L.P. in her classes at Quince Orchard High School. Helen is an inspiration for other teachers who are looking for new and innovative ways to make the content connect with their students everyday lives.
The next big look we got was on local News Channel 8 and NBC affiliate News Channel 4. Here are the videos:
(Notice in this clip, the newscasters began the interview in a very cynical manner — you know, in that mocking tone: “Using Hip Hop to teach…reading?!?”. I turned them around to seeing things my way by the end of it though…
Here is the News 4 article, which followed me around as I facilitated a HELP workshop with a social studies class at Ballou HS in SE Washington, DC. Here is the video and article from the website:
More press to come, we are just getting started!