Rhymes and Rhythmz Performance Series features today’s hottest literary and performing artists. The performance series, hosted by rap phenomenon Avery Collins, highlights professional and emerging artists. Shows are at seven o’clock PM on the fourth Friday of every month starting March 23, 2018, at Culture Coffee Too at 300 Riggs Rd NE Washington, DC 20011.
The Justice Playbook uses theatre to engage our local communities in crucial conversations about tensions between police and communities of color. This program connects our youth, professional artists, partnering organizations, local police, community members, and businesses operating in the District.
Ife Franklin’s Indigo Slave Project engages local communities in building cabins to honor the lives of formerly enslaved Africans/African Americans. In addition to creating live installations, learning about the history of local and national enslavement and emancipation, participants dance and sing in a ring-shout led by artist, Ife Franklin.
Arts for Business, Dialogue for Success is a 15-week program using theater as a career-training tool. This educational program trains local youth in all areas of theater, dance, music, visual arts, and videography, and connects them with professional artists who serve as mentors. In addition to reaching a core group of youth in our intensive workshops, we are able to attract a larger audience who attend our weekly master-classes conducted by our mentors. Upon completion of the program, participating youth are hired in our professional productions including those highlighted in our sample submissions. Graduates of our program are also provided access to job opportunities with our organization, through the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Services. Ninety-eight percent of our 2016 core participants from Covenant House Washington, a local shelter for homeless and disconnected youth enrolled in college.
HOME, HOUSING OUR MAJOR EXPRESSIONISTS South Jackson, Mississippi, aims to provide artists and their families affordable housing, workspaces, competitive employment, and courses in professional development and home ownership. While the facilities are still under construction, we have been using our 2-acre outdoor space for gardening, concerts, and our open-air market.