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Kick it at the Graffiti Garages at First Night 2012

11 Dec

campus-mlk-1st-night-inviteRing in the New Year with Campus MLK and friends at First Night.

From 6:20 – 10:30 pm on December 31, 2012, Campus MLK will take over the Graffiti Garages at 725 Broadway with a very talented and diverse array of performances.

Local hip hop artists, DJs, ballet dancers, breakdancers, spoken word performers, and more will take the stage – and this spectacle is all FREE. You have no excuse to miss this, we’ll see you there!

Cozy up with hot cocoa, bust a move, make some art, and learn more about how kids in Tacoma’s Hilltop are exploring their neighborhood, getting involved, and expressing themselves creatively.

Check out the schedule:

6:30 – DJ and Breakdance Presented by Fab-5
7:00 – The Koomaniacs (Whikid Maticuless and Savi Suazi)
7:30 – Write@253
7:45 – JaiXJrm
8:15 – MLKBallet
8:30 – DJ and Breakdance Presented by Fab-5
9:00 – Q-Dot
9:30 – Write@253
10:00 – Rockwell Powers
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Campus MLK is a successful neighborhood forum inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Tacoma street that bears his name. Five grassroots arts organizations, The DASH  Center, Fab-5Write@253The Warehouse, and Post Defiance are a united collective: CAMPUS MLK. These committed partners are building connections between expressive offerings in the Hilltop neighborhood to give youth the most and best opportunities available in their neighborhood.

Hip Hop in the Park, August 11

26 Jul

Who: DASH Center for the Arts and Campus MLK
What: Hip Hop in the Park
Where: People’s Park, S. 9th Street & MLK Ave., Tacoma
When: Saturday, August 11, 12 – 6 pm
Cost: FREE!

People of all ages will converge at People’s Park on August 11 for the Fifth Annual Hip Hop in the Park event from noon to 6pm. This event, which is organized by the DASH Center for the Arts, is designed to bring the younger and the older community members together in a positive environment.

“Hip Hop is a voice of the people both young and old. It’s almost a lost art form. Part of our vision at DASH is to make sure the hip hop culture is not. That’s why each year, we come together to celebrate all that is Hip Hop,” said Candi Hall, DASH Center Executive Director.

“This is a family fun event reaching out to its community to show real Hip Hop,” said Darren Spencer, Director of the Art of Hip Hop program at the DASH Center. His students will perform at this end of the year event, showing the community their creative expression. The center is also hoping to recruit new students for next year’s class.

Along with students from the DASH Center, performances will include UPC All Stars featuring Angel Mitchell, E-Rich, Tiny Dousha and Vic Hashim, Josh Rizeberg and AWOL. Headlining the event will be Xola aka Kid Sensation featured in the song “Posses on Broadway” done by Sir Mix Alot. Enjoy local food, retail, arts and crafts, and community vendors throughout the day as well.

A Creative Course Load at Campus MLK

25 May

The computer lab at FABITAT Expressive Art Center.

It’s an idea so simple as to be brilliant: Marshal five already-effective community-based arts organizations under one banner with a commitment to help underserved youth access experience and education in the visual, literary and performing arts, including one-on-one tutoring and mentoring. The result: Campus MLK. Their online presence says it all: “Block by block, building connections for Hilltop youth to access the best in local culture.”

We’re excited to see what this powerful collective will produce as it develops in the coming months. The five grassroots organizations that form the “faculty” of Campus MLK have the bases covered for starting a rich conversation in the community:

• The award-winning nonprofit, Fab-5, is a proven magnet for creatively inclined youth, cultivating community through urban arts education. The FABITAT Expressive Art Center on MLK Way provides a place where youth from diverse backgrounds can gather, collaborate, learn and share ideas.
Write@253 is a writing and mentoring center with a mission to inspire the latent writer in everyone, and celebrate the tremendous talents of our community. Inspired by Dave Eggers’ successful San Francisco writing lab, 826 Valencia, Write@253 works within the Tacoma Public Schools and runs a center on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
Post Defiance is an online magazine, the latest comer to stir the pot of independent journalism in Tacoma.
The DASH Center provides quality performing arts instruction, education and mentoring to lower-income families in Tacoma-Pierce County, offering programs to directly counteract gang and drug influences and empower inner city youth.
The Warehouse is a Tacoma-based production company committed to bringing high-quality music experiences to various locations around the city. The Warehouse showcases both new and established talent, local and otherwise, creating DIY pop-up events in unlikely venues and underused spaces.

Fab-5 and the Warehouse are alumni of Spaceworks Tacoma’s creative residency program; Write@253 are current artists-in-residence.

The Campus MLK website states its mission as such: “Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood is home to dozens of community organizations, agencies, and businesses who offer creative opportunities to our young neighbors: Campus MLK will reach out and share these opportunities in a comprehensive and captivating way, allowing youth to pick and choose, using their neighborhood as a student would a campus.” The Hilltop is a vibrant, dynamic, multifaceted community and this sounds like a potent concoction for creative learning – stay tuned.

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