South Bronx organization Windows Of Hip Hop has been on a growing quest to use Hip-Hop culture as an educational basis for a curriculum for students throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The group is currently raising funds to bring 15,000 students through its specialized program.
We reported on the Windows Of Hip Hop group in January of 2014, which came on the heels of participants and Hip-Hop pioneers Grandmaster Melle Mel and Grandmaster Caz speaking of aims of opening a museum in support of the culture. The group is currently running an IndieGoGo campaign with hopes of raising $75,000 to support their goals.
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Windows of Hip Hop, an organization that promotes learning through music, recently established an online fundraising campaign to raise $75,000 for taking their curriculum on a tour of schools in the tri-state area.
The curriculum includes a fitness program, skits that deal with issues like gang awareness and drug abuse, and a “call and response” routine meant to help teach students about local history using hip hop.
The group made its first visit to a Bronx school in January, when hip hop pioneers Grandmaster Melle Mel and Grandmaster Caz went to St. Joseph Elementary to talk about jobs in the entertainment industry and listen to students perform for them.
“We really wanted to bring that into different schools and go on a tour with that,” said Windows spokeswoman Nicole Perrino, “We just want to try to raise as much as we can to bring that program to some other schools.”
In The Bronx, for instance, the group could encourage the students to study how hip hop was developed in the borough and then write lyrics incorporating that history with their personal history, according to Paul La Salle, the group’s chief development officer.
The fundraiser was created by Windows Of Hip Hop’s CEO, Melissa Libran. Support the cause by following this link and to learn more.
Photo: Windows Of Hip Hop