Kickin’ it off in NYC!

After doing this project at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, we’re about to start it off again in New York City with amazing partners: The Hip Hop Theater Festival and Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School (BCAM).

Eli and Bamuthi see break/s beyond the ballot as a way to have a lasting impact in a community and to empower youth to express themselves articulately and creatively about the social, cultural and political issues that mean the most to them. It really could not fit better with BCAM’s 11th grade curriculum, which this year takes up the question “What does it mean to be an American?”

The timing is perfect as well– Bamuthi and Eli will be in residence at the school a couple weeks before the antional election, working with the students to create strong, persuasive rhetorical writing as well as powerful spoken word pieces, which will then be adapted to the screen in short films. The finished films, poems and speeches will be ready for screenings and performances before the inauguration of our next president and a special event will be held to showcase these at BCAM on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. During these next months of great importance to the nation’s political landscape, this project will inspire students to be engaged and active in getting their voices heard.

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