Archive for February, 2012

HHH 2012 is Off and Running!

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

HHH 2012 is off and running! This year, we’re doing it bigger than ever. Over the next five months, students will explore community development, economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, media, diversity, and personal identity all through the lens of hip-hop. We will dissect the history to formulate our own vision for the future. Traditionally, HHH only accommodates lyricists, but this year we have expanded to other areas of hip-hop. With over 30 students and four cohorts, we are learning dance, visual arts, beat production, DJing, live instrumentation, documentary production, and live performance to name a few. With a roster like that, I can’t even begin to describe the atmosphere that is created, so I won’t, have a look for yourself!

HHH 2012 Introduction from Mural Music & Arts Project on Vimeo.

Dream Beyond Our Own Powers

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

6th Grader Nathan Jovel

Flash, Spiderman, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Thor all strike the memory chord that enables us to dream beyond our own powers. The students at HEArt 49ers Academy created their own characters with graffiti artist Scape Martinez.

The students have been developing their own skills and style of graffiti to ultimately come up with a portable mural that will be featured during a History through Hip-Hop showcase. In addition to a fresh graffiti artist, Scape is also an educator whom is about sharing his passion and skills with the youth as they in turn inspire him.

Scape Martinez & Monique Rivera adding highlights to the piece

For the love of art

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

“Love is when you will do anything to make the person you love do better and make yourself a better person because of them,” a MMAP 9th grader shared during class at International Studies Academy on Thursday. While MMAP’s mission is to educate, empower, and inspire youth, we as a team are equally humbled by the beautiful words, drawings, song and dance our students share with us on a daily basis.

MC Beronica Zelaya sings at ISA's third Open Mic Event, hosted by MMAP

When asked one thing he loves most in life, one of our ISA youth said, “Music because when I want to give up on doing the right thing…it makes me think twice.” At HEArt, students are making music, dancing to their favorite beats, and building their own instruments to express what they can’t always say out loud. Keep up the amazing work, ISA!

Adrian teaches new moves against a backdrop of HEArt students' original ink prints

Modern Day Freedom Riders

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

On February 2nd, Ernest “Rip” Patton Jr. came to speak in East Palo Alto. Mr. Patton is an original Freedom Rider, who took part in the May 24, 1961 Greyhound Freedom Ride to Jackson, MS, where he was arrested and later transferred to Mississippi’s notorious Parchman State Prison Farm.

Students watched the Freedom Riders documentary, and were then able to ask Mr. Patton about his experience. He spoke about the triumphs as well as hardships the freedom riders faced, and called our students to action. He reminded them that there is still much work to be done to fight for rights for people in this country, and that young people play an important role in that work.

MMAP alumni Carla Hernandez was in attendance, and asked Mr. Patton if he had any thoughts the current struggle for ethnic studies in schools, an issue that she is passionate about. Mr. Patton responded by commending Carla for her work, calling her a “modern day freedom rider”. MMAP is proud to be able to showcase the incredible passion and drive our students have to better their communities, and would like to thank Mr. Patton for sharing his wisdom with our young

Ernest "Rip" Patton Jr and MMAP Alumni Carla Hernandez, sophomore at Wheelock College in Boston, MA.