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About Arts Greenhouse and Their “Dreams of Kings”

Arts Greenhouse recently released the Dreams of Kings music video above, just in time to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. It features four young and extremely talented local artists: Tairey Perez, Ez Scarz, Curtis Pope, and Jordan Montgomery. Check out the Jerry’s Records cameo!

The Arts Greenhouse is a free hip-hop education program for Pittsburgh teens hosted by Carnegie Mellon’s Center for the Arts in Society. Every Saturday, the Arts Greenhouse welcomes a dozen Pittsburgh students (ages 13 to 19) to the Carnegie Mellon campus to write and record their own hip-hop music.

In the workshops led by CMU faculty, the students explore musical history and theory, African American history, creative writing, and music technology. In addition to recording their own music in a professional studio, they also perform at nonprofit events, film music videos, and host radio shows on Carnegie Mellon’s own radio station, WRCT. They even produce mix-tapes and sell them to raise money for the program.

The center of Arts Greenhouse activities are our Saturday classes at Carnegie Mellon. We meet at 1pm in Margaret Morrison Hall. During the first hour, we talk hip-hop shop: music business, artistic approach, music history, social relevance, and whatever important issues we can address in the context of hip-hop. We also invite guest speakers to give presentations during this time on topics related to hip-hop, or issues that affect teens. Free pizza and beverages are provided for all participants.

At the Arts Greenhouse, these students find a safe space to express themselves, an environment that supports and challenges them, and a point of connection with Carnegie Mellon and its community.

Arts Greenhouse works closely with participants to help them develop and realize their future goals, and especially to navigate the transition from high school to college. Ultimately, however, it is the students themselves who drive the mission of the program, defining through their music what the Arts Greenhouse is and can be.


#WhatToDo412: Arts Greenhouse Performing Live

Arts Greenhouse Collaborative will be preceded by a special MLK monologue tribute by Mr. Daryl Lumpkins & Brittany Thurman

Teens from the Arts Greenhouse hip-hop program will premier their music video “MLK” – a compelling hip-hop song in which explores the bitter-sweet relevance of Martin Luther King to Pittsburgh youth. A short hip-hop performance will follow the screening, featuring some of the most talented teenage lyricists in Pittsburgh. The Arts Greenhouse is a hip-hop music education outreach program for Pittsburgh teens at Carnegie Mellon.

When is it?
Monday, January 16, 2012 at 2:30pm

Where is it?
Carnegie Mellon University
First Floor, University Center
5000 Forbes Avenue (map)
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

More Info:

Arts Greenhouse Pittsburgh Hip-Hop at CMU

Arts Greenhouse Pittsburgh Hip-Hop at CMU

Arts Greenhouse Pittsburgh Hip-Hop at CMU

Arts Greenhouse Pittsburgh Hip-Hop at CMU

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