This professional development workshop is designed to help educators, organizers, and professionals deepen relationships with students and peers, learn how to write and perform a spoken word poem, study the elements of Hip Hop and how to use these tools in the classroom to nurture students and allow them to empower themselves.
PARTICIPANTS: Educators, teaching artists, teachers, psychologists, social workers, cultural workers, actors, agents of change working in the field of social intervention, as well as all those professionals who wish to apply Spoken Word and Hip Hop tools in their field of work. No previous experience required.
LANGUAGES: English or Spanish.
DURATION: 4 days/ 4 hours daily or 2 days/ 4 hours daily.
The workshop takes on a Freirian and Boalian approach to explore education through experiential knowledge and collective creation verses what is merely academically validated. It focuses on trust building and truth sharing as a foundation for creating meaningful relationships and as a stepping stone to begin writing &sharing our experiences through spoken word. Participants will explore the leaders that inspired the Hip Hop movement. They will also practice in the arts of breaking, beatboxing, & rap that have been used to transform violence into creativity in the Bronx & around the world. Participants will learn how to incorporate these tools to develop classroom culture, create art, and envision a more just world.