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Brochure (Website) - 021212

Brochure (Website) - 021212

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KILLA SWAG!
It’s time to discover the history and culture of urban styleand find out why we do what we do! Join the youth of MIND-BUILDERS CREATIVE ARTS CENTER in a fun-filled,multimedia event featuring the hottest fashion design-ers, hairstylists, tattoo artists and flyest of the fly dress-ers of the community. If you think you’ve got it, comeflaunt it on the runway!
Program Description
The Dr. Beverly J. Robinson Community Folk Culture Program (FC) is adynamic, year-round, internship program housed at Mind-BuildersCreative Arts Center in the Bronx, NY. Founded in 1989 by renownedfolklorist Dr. Beverly J. Robinson, the FC Program teaches interns toidentify, document and present folk artists and other tradition-bearersfrom the community back to the community.
 
Teen interns are trained in interviewing skills, video/audio/photographic documentation and production of stage presentationsthat share exciting artists and rich cultures from the community. Trips,research, radio/TV appearances, fieldwork, Program literature designand the publication of a photo-literary journal are some of the interac-tive components of the Program.The theme for 2011-2012 is “Killa Swag.” In addition to exploringadornment and identity in their families, communities, neighborhoods,borough and city, interns will document themselves as cultural custo-dians of Hip-Hop and teen culture in NYC . Research from “Killa Swag”will be utilized by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heri-tage for “The Will to Adorn” project.The Dr. Beverly J. Robinson Community Folk Culture Program, a nation-wide model in the field, aims to create an understanding and apprecia-tion of the predominantly African, African American, Latino and Carib-bean cultures of the Program interns. Highly successful collaborationswith Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Bronx Library Center, CommunityWorks, The National Black Theater, The Dwyer Cultural Center and the
 
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Smithsonian Institution bring knowledge gained to school groups andthe general public in the Bronx, throughout the city and nationwide.The FC Program, which began collaborating with the Smithsonian Cen-ter for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in 2009, will continue to provideresearch for “The Will to Adorn” project until 2013.Noted 2010-2011 activities of the FC Program include:1. Nineteen interviews of selected tradition-bearers/working artistswho are masters/accomplished in their respective genres;2. Attendance at the reception for and inauguration of the A.T.T.Lobbo Traore Malian Cultural Center at City Hall (NY) and theUnited Nations, respectively.3. Four community-based presentations at the Dwyer Cultural Centerbefore audiences totaling over 300 and comprised of schoolgroups and the general community;4. Participation in the global online education conference
What DoesClothing Communicate?
sponsored by the Smithsonian Center forFolklife and Cultural Heritage;5. Customized project-specific workshops provided by the Hip-HopCultural Center in Harlem;6. FC director participation in
The Will to Adorn
/Smithsonian four-dayproject outreach and research excursions in St. Thomas, USVI, andin St. Croix, USVI, respectively; and7. Attendance at the World Basketball Festival (Rucker Park), whichcomprised onsite interviews of dress artists—including Fab 5Freddy, hip hop pioneer and former host of “Yo! MTV Raps.”The 2010-2011 teen interns included:Sha-Nia Alston, Shaniqisha Chantal Anderson, Edmond Asante, AshleyBailey, Andre Bell, Anselma Benjamin, Katherine Blanco, ChristynBrown, Jessica Burgos, Ashlee Bustamente, Gerald Bryan, MarlonCarter, Salimata Cherif, Aaries Colbert, Fatoumata Dabo, StephenFurze, Imani Gaines, Danilo Irizarry, Jordan Lamarche, Andrew Lamb,Synceir Malone, Phylicia Martin, Kaylynn McCartney, Shawna Miller,Trevor Pascal, Sterling Peguero, Collett Powell, Essence Rice, Jah’swayRobinson, Tara Robinson, Stephanie Rosello, Miriam Sintim, Elias Soto,Dana Sutton, Zide Traore, Diane Williams and Manuel Zapata.
 

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