Apr 172012

Words Beats Life Bum Rush the Boards Hip Hop Chess Festival

The world of chess can often be an exclusionary place for people of color and female players, but Mazi Mutafa, executive director of Words Beats & Life (WBL) wants to change that – one tournament at a time.

WBL, a national hip-hop arts education nonprofit, will present its seventh annual Bum Rush the Boards Chess Tournament on April 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Recreation Center in Northwest Washington, D.C.

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Aug 272010

You gotta love a house party with a handbill. Radio CPR Presents: High Voltage, with DJ sets by PreColumbian, DC Anthology and Detroit Cupcake Collective. Radio CPR 97.5 fm is a community powered volunteer-run radio station based in Mt. Pleasant, DC. Listen on the radio anytime, or tonight in Columbia Heights.

May 222010

Inspiration Exhibition opened at American University’s Katzen Museum May 8 + runs to June 6th.

Details, show info, and Facebook like buttons are on the Inspiration Exhibition Facebook Page. Favorites by DECOY, and Juan Pineda, are below – but of course they can’t beat a visit to the exhibit. More pics are posted on Flickr.


DECOY: relax, 2010

Juan Pineda,2010

Juan Pineda, 2010

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Nov 102009

Halloween hit DC in style at techARTS Halloween Party – with music from the Eighty Eight DC + XCultureTV crews, a touch of decor by Graffiti Research Lab, Artomatic in the sponsorship list, and my newest favorite photographer Vincent Gallegos. Check out his photo set of the night’s costumes at ReadySetDC – including a shot of my rad concept costume “MySpace is Dead.”


Aug 272009

LAYCEveryDayPeople“To me everybody has a story … Seeking out the story of other people helps remind us that our lives are not that different…” says a DC youth artist in Latin American Youth Center’s Art + Media House.

This summer, LAYC worked with 45 young DC artists to craft public and personal art projects in media, poetry, mosaic, and graffiti as part of the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

Everyday People explores the background of students’ public projects now found all around Columbia Heights: mosaic at 13th + Irving; graffiti murals at Warder + Otis, and audio stories tucked into the neighborhood’s old corner call boxes.

Click here to see a full photo set from Everyday People on Flickr.

Part of creating the projects included media studies in journalism, media literacy + independence, plus print + broadcast production. After the program is over students say they will continue to carry their work.

“We’re thinking about doing graffiti tours” says one student. “It’s something we can do that people might like to see.”

The art + media house encourages youth to discover the power of their art as a means of self-expression and as a tool for exploring community issues. The creative abilities of youth are developed through hands-on training in media (photography, radio, video, and music production) and fine arts (drawing, painting, mixed media and murals).

Click Art + Media House or visit http://layc-dc.org/.

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