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A Collection of Ideas: Hip Hop Saves Lives

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009  7pm–8:30pm iCal

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A Collection of Ideas...: Hip Hop Saves Lives

Continuing its exploration of art as a vehicle for social action, SMMoA hosts visionary educators and students from the High School of Recording Arts (HSRA), Minneapolis.

Gain insight into how HSRA has reached youths failed by traditional institutions, many from the criminal justice system, and empowered them with resources for hopeful futures. HSRA’s Founder and acclaimed rap artist and music producer David (T.C.) Ellis (Warner Brothers Recors/Paisley Park) along with colleagues Tony Simmons, Mike Conway, and Sam Seidel will discuss their revolutionary approach to educating and engaging at-risk youth through the cultivation of talent and integration of hip hop music and culture. Sam Seidel, author of the forthcoming book, Hip Hop Genius, will comment on HSRA’s role in a national movement toward alternative high school education models. Participants will also have the rare opportunity to hear a performance by the students of the HRSA, inspired by the artwork of Elias Sime and the words of director and Sime exhibition co-curator, Peter Sellars.

Free admission; Seating is limited.
RSVP to Rachel Monas, 310.586.6488 x 119 or rachel.monas@smmoa.org