2017 Urban Arts Program / Youth Forum

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An Urban Artist practices the art of living in a city, this includes nourishing the body, mind and spirit with music, art, poetry, dance, friendship, sense of community, adaptive lifestyle choices and wholesome food. The GlobalFest Urban Arts Crew works all year with youth across Calgary, teaching urban dance styles including breakdance, house, hip hop, salsa, hula hooping and acro ballet; spoken word poetry and R.A.P. or rhythm-and-poetry; beatboxing and DJing; visual arts and graffiti; and even culinary arts. We show and prove the value of creative outlets for healthy self-expression and a balanced lifestyle in the urban habitat.

Photo credit: J & J Lawrence Photography

The GlobalFest Urban Arts Crew is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for local Urban Artists to use their gifts to uplift and empower the youth of YYC's diverse communities. Our motivated and caring roster of artists work together to teach their art forms and model the Hip Hop cultural roots of peace, love, unity, respect and having fun.

Photo credit: J & J Lawrence Photography

Photo credit: Patrick Nichol

SCIENCE GENIUS

This year GlobalFest had the amazing opportunity to work with Beakerhead and bring Science Genius Rap B.A.T.T.L.E.S. to Calgary. Originating in New York and spreading to Jamaica, Science Genius is revolutionizing the way youth learn complex science curriculum by creating a Hip Hop / Rap song that demonstrates an understanding of their science content. Our Urban Artists worked with four different schools across YYC to host Calgary’s first Science Genius Rap B.A.T.T.L.E.S. finals at the National Music Centre, with the support of NSERC. The youth put on their own Hip-Hop / Rap show in front of an audience of 200 to flex their science knowledge and musical creativity. Thank-you and congratulations to 2017's participating schools: Tsuut'ina Junior and Senior High School, Robert Thirsk High School, Sir Wilfrid Laurier School and Edge School.

Photo credit: Penny Breedon

Photo credit: Penny Breedon

Photo credit: Penny Breedon

SCIENCE GENIUS 2017 CHAMPIONS

The Yeung Thugs, Grade 6 from Sir Wilfrid Laurier: Most Creative Lyrics for their song about aerodynamics.

Photo credit: Penny Breedon

Russ Pearson, Grade 7 from Edge school: Top Performance for his rap about the solar system.

Photo credit: Penny Breedon

Diana Kagan, Grade 11 from Robert Thirsk High School: perfected the mixture of science and hip hop, and was awarded Top Science Content for wowing the audience with a piece about the endocrine system.

Photo credit: Penny Breedon

Thanks to our 2017 Hip Hop ambassadors: Jayzen, Rubix, Rebecca Dawn, Troo Knot and Ty Flemming.

Photo credit: Penny Breedon

SCIENCE GENIUS LINKS

http://chrisemdin.com/science-genius/

http://beakerhead.com/media-archives/stories/science-genius-rap-battles-finale

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMS AND URBAN ARTS CAMPS

Our Urban Arts Crew can customize learning experiences for in-school artist-in-residence programs and camps to fit your budget, timeline and learning objectives.

Through the practice of urban art forms over time, youth develop new skills along with self-awareness and confidence, as they build relationship with self and others.

Special thanks to Senator Patrick Burns School, Mountain View Academy and Calgary Girls School for your collaboration and partnership in this past year.

Photo credit: Rebecca Dawn

Photo credit: Tiziano Lombardo

Photo credit: Rebecca Dawn

Photo credit: Rebecca Dawn

YOUTH FORUM

We proudly offer our action-packed Youth Forum Day for the 5th year in a row. A full team of five GlobalFest Urban Artists arrive on-location at your school in the morning and put on workshops in any five of the urban art forms we offer: urban dance styles, rap, slam poetry, DJ / beatbox, and graffiti. In the afternoon our urban artists perform a live concert to showcase their skills alongside any youth who choose to perform and share what they learned that day.

Urban Arts have an equalizing effect, giving courage to formerly "shy" students, while calming high-energy students in a structured, supportive atmosphere, bringing everyone together on a harmonious frequency.

In addition to encouraging healthy life skills and values such as respect and friendship, Urban Arts also compliment and emphasize school curriculum such as language arts, physical education, music, math, visual art, health and wellness, history and social studies.

Photo credit: Penny Breedon

Photo credit: Penny Breedon

Photo credit: Penny Breedon

The Alex Community Food Centre

This year GlobalFest had the honour of working with The Alex Community Food Centre, a welcoming place for people to come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food for all. The Alex provided the beautiful space and delicious fresh food. The "Sonic Sages" from the GlobalFest Urban Arts Crew brought the entertainment with our interactive block party crew, teaching live beat production, freestyle rap and dance cyphers. Shouts out to our partners Antyx Community Arts and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary.

Photo credit: Ty Flemming

Photo credit: Ty Flemming

Photo credit: Ty Flemming
Special Thanks to FloatLife, Italian Supermarket, PK Sound, and Hangar Flight Museum.

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