Welcome to our ‘Fall Notes’, a rundown of Guerilla Arts (GA) work as the leading Arts Education Think Tank in Washington, DC. In this issue we feature our work with W.B. Patterson Elementary School, the launch of ‘A Space to Dream’ initiative, and new partnership with Impact Hub DC.
GUERILLA ARTS IN THE COMMUNITY
We continue to develop sustainable partnerships with schools and organizations that understand the power of the arts in the classroom and in engaging with the community. This school year, Guerilla Arts Teaching Artists can be spotted at a number of area public and charter schools, including…
- W.B. Patterson Elementary School | Empowering Males of Color Program powered by 21st Century L.E.A.P, arts education initiative in partnership with Words Liive, providing arts, literacy, and cultural programming for over forty elementary school boys in the areas of digital media production, theatre, and STEAM.
- Columbia Heights Educational Campus | Cultural arts programming and cultural responsiveness professional development for teachers and administrators.
- P.G. County Public Schools | Arts integration coaching for teachers and administrators, culturally responsive curriculum hacking in coordination with high school students at select schools.
A SPACE TO DREAM!
In partnership with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity, Office of African American Affairs, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities we launched a ‘A Space to Dream,’ a platform for artists and communities East of the River to visualize the possibilities of change through the arts!
Phase 1 kicked off at Wellington Park, located in the Barry Farms community, through a partnership with Families on the Rise, a longstanding neighborhood organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of the residents within Wellington Park. Scheduled for unveiling in early November, the project features the artistic works from local muralist, Jay Coleman and Eric B. Ricks, with special collaboration from residents and ward 8 artists.
For more information and get involved in the movement, follow @ASpacetoDreamDC.
HARAMBEE ENERGIZES STUDENTS AT PATTERSON!
Every morning is a good morning at W.B. Patterson Elementary, but on Wednesdays it’s especially great – Guerilla Arts brings Harambee with Baba Ras D for a fifteen minute power pick up during morning arrival.
The purpose of the weekly Harambee drum circle at Patterson is to build community between students teachers, parents and support staff, and to kick the school day off with energy and encouragement.
Every week students pick up ideas and concepts encoded in each of the songs, designed to culturally affirm while allowing them the freedom to let loose and fellowship with their school community before it’s time to get focused.
Baba Ras D is a longtime friend and fellow community educator, and the vessel that has brought Harambee to communities of all ages and cultures for the last 20 years. Follow Guerilla Arts on Facebook to experience the live-stream of Harambee at Patterson!
Guerilla Arts is pleased to announce our partnership with Impact Hub DC, a co-working and events space for a community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals taking action to drive positive social and environmental change. We are thrilled to work with the Impact Hub DC team creating opportunities to spotlight and engage DC’s creatives in thought provoking conversations and special events. The first of many to come is the Unlikely Allies series which brings together leaders from different sectors to discuss issues in need of innovation. Each month, panelists and the community discuss ways to collaborate on issues of sustainability, creative innovation, financing social change, and community impact. Check out clips from the inaugural panel in September, “Gentrification and the Creative Class” | http://bit.ly/UnlikelyAlliesGenCre. Join us this month as the series continues with “Transportation Traps,” discussing creative ways to ensure DC residents have access to affordable transportation. For more information, and to RSVP, goto http://bit.ly/UAdcTranspoTraps.
GUERILLA ARTS FOOTNOTES
(Founder Gabriel “Asheru” Benn is regularly featured in the media and asked to make special appearances. This section highlights some of these opportunities. Follow him on Instagram to check out behind the scene photos and videos).
A casual post on Facebook about #DebateNight2016 became a larger conversation featured in an article in the Huffington Post – http://bit.ly/AsheruDebatenite.
The experience lead to a casual dinner and conversation with former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner.
Invited as a Guest Speaker and Workshop Presenter | #TWPC2016 2016 Teaching With Purpose Conference, held October 14 and 15 in Portland, OR. Presented alongside cultural and educational luminaries such as Tim Wise, Chris Emdin, and political hip hop artists Dead Prez. Asheru led a workshop as part of the new Conscious Hip Hop Project. Benn engaged with teachers through practical breakdown of how to integrate hip hop lyrics, literature and media into lesson planning to help build student involvement and rapport through cultural affirmation. Highlights included a hands-on lesson planning workshop with three Dead Prez songs, curated by the group, featuring Stic of the Dead Prez as the guest annotator of his own lyrics and content.
Donald Trump: #Everything To Lose As part of a surprise collaboration between Asheru, DJ Roddy Rod, and Grammy nominated, Ethiopian born singer Wayna – called “The Philosopher’s Stone”, the super group has recorded its first record and deliver an anti-Trump song fresh out of the gate. The single, “What Do We Have To Lose?” was released in late October, along with a video package made in sponsorship with the Sierra Club. Experience this powerful massage by viewing the video and hearing this song: http://bit.ly/WhatWeLose2.