“What we’re doing here, we describe it sometimes as building power spaces and power places. The housing here is very impressive because it was an abandoned area, and there are very impressive, well designed buildings, but at the same time, we’re creating these power spaces where people can come together and help create the future of their neighborhoods. So it’s really the two of those things coming together that creates what Hope Community is.”
Hip-Hop Songwriting and Music Production
Art of MC’ing, 2010. Photo: Bruce Silcox
Youth ages 16-19 learn the art of music producution, performance and writing in Hope’s small music studio. Through music projects youth learn artistic elements, discipline, story-telling, taking a project through several stages to completion, cooperative learning and team building. All this work is centered in community, leadership development and creative expression/artistic development.
Building neighborhood leadership:
Youth are working through hard issues like how to appropriately use language in rap while still communicating the messages they want to. Many are taking more responsibility for the class – its running and its expansion.
Supporting diverse relationships:
Youth talk about enjoying meeting new people and the importance of their relationships with the facilitators. Youth have expressed how the guidance of the facilitators has positively impacted them and their work.
Building personal and collective power:
Youth are more confident about writing and performing their music; they benefit from constructive criticism; and feel powerful enough as a group to help expand the studio in the future.
For more information: Contact Chaka Mkali, Lead Organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (612) 435-1677.