Words Beats & Life
WISH LIST: $135: 500 blank CD's for recording student music; $300: Sony 8.1 MP Super zoom camera for photography students; $1500: 2 turntables and a mixer to help build a DJ learning lab
Words Beats & Life meets kids on their own ground and really gets them involved. Working with young people who have unique obstacles to overcome, WBL offers hip-hop inspired arts activities at its DC Urban Arts Academy: interactive workshops in "mixing" (DJ'ing), graphic arts and design, creative writing, and fashion design. A graffiti mural course and a class in "rocking" (break dancing) get young people excited about learning. Academic classes connect students' interests in hip-hop culture with more traditional academic subjects. A study of geographical regions becomes an opportunity to investigate their record labels, radio stations, and distribution companies. A study of rap lyrics compares the words of artists like Tupac with literary giants like Langston Hughes. Music and video production software requires computer literacy, so technology becomes a tool that students are excited to master. Validating their passions is a way of valuing the students themselves, and mentoring them on a path to success. Innovation is the hallmark of this program – and you can get in on the ground floor.
1525 Newton Street NW
Washington, DC 20010