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Friday, April 26


Hip Hopportunities & Raptivism
Join Cujo, Karen, Derrick and James in a session with workshop elements involving the writing process, embedding meaning into writing, and using writing as a meditative tool for self-growth. Accompanied by musical and spoken word poetry performances to retain attention, finish with a future vision of ways to utilize old forms and old tools in new ways to hit new viewers with Cujo, James Gavins, & Derrick V. Holt.

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Dr. Karen Reece

President, Urban Community Arts Network
Dr. Karen Reece is a founding member and serves as President of Urban Community Arts Network. Karen develops programming, writes grants and curriculum, and facilitates community organizing in the Hip-Hop community. Karen served as chair of the City of Madison's Task Force on Equity... Read More →
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This is bigger than hip-hop. Since Cujo was a child he could remember always being stuck with this feeling that something was amiss in the world around him. As he learned more and more about history, and the system that currently occupies us one thing has became abundantly clear... Read More →
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James Gavins

James Gavins received his Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a First Wave Hip Hop & Urban Arts Scholarship recipient. He joined YAI in summer of 2015 as a First Wave Intern before launching his professional career as the Youth Video Arts Mentor... Read More →