For over ten years, Arts Every Day has advocated for arts based learning in the classroom by working with our city’s public schools to amplify student voice, encourage youth leadership, and connect students to the contemporary arts community. In honor of our Tenth Anniversary, we are continuing to do just that by commissioning a new musical piece of work from Baltimore Boom Bap Society and budding youth musicians from Commodore John Rodgers Elementary Middle School.
Over the course of two months, Baltimore Boom Bap Society’s Wendel Patrick will work and Erik Spangler (a.k.a. DJ Dubble8) with the students to explore how different musical genres can blend into forward thinking sounds. After their collaboration, they will perform an original composition during our Tenth Anniversary Celebration on March 10th and 11th, 2017.
Co-host DJ/producers Wendel Patrick & DJ Dubble8 co-founded their monthly improvised hip-hop event in 2011, and over the years they’ve had numerous local musicians—from emcees to beatboxers, flautists to trombonists, upright bassists to electric bassists join them for their sessions. Both of them are also teaching artists, where they connect with students and mentor them through their burgeoning musical journeys.
“Opportunities [like this] help students develop confidence, not only musically, but through their own self-expression. We want to continue to bring forward the voices of Baltimore youth into the cultural and artistic scene here in Baltimore.” -Erik Spangler
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