The Hart House Hip Hop Education impact report captures our attempt to connect Hip Hop storytellers and a growing scholarship to students for a deeper understanding of the impact that Hip Hop has had on their lives, and their ways of knowing and being, in this world.
Working with our campus partners and community Hip Hop practitioners, the Hart House Hip Hop Education series supports values of representation, collaboration and social justice while exploring the key principles of Hip Hop and its importance in our everyday culture on all three campuses.
Through a combination of drop-in programs, workshops, informal discussion groups, performances and other multidisciplinary initiatives, hip hop continues to rewrite its own narrative and defy singular definition.
In 2019-2020, an impact report was published outlining the aims of the program: encourage holistic learning, break down cultural barriers on campus and build connection and belonging. It illustrates how we set out to achieve these objectives through programs such as the Hip Hop 101 Cafe, youth and community outreach, Humanz of Hip Hop and dance and music workshops and others.
The series offered 77 events that reached 845+ participants, and plans are in place to expand the program by developing new partnerships, an educator in residence program and additional co-curricular learning opportunities.