Workshop: Voices of the Elders and Modern Mythology with Mic Crenshaw + Quincy Davis of Rebel Wise (3 weeks)
In this three-week workshop students will be introduced to the teachings of Indigenous elders and Wisdomkeepers from Africa and Turtle-Island (First-Nation North America). They’ll participate in conversations and talking circles that explore themes of positive transformation through struggle with identity, addiction, violence, and finding a spiritual path rooted in creativity and practical application of ancient principles. Facilitators Mic Crenshaw and Quincy Davis will introduce students to hip hop artists from around the world, especially those with Indigenous and cultural lineages. They’ll also offer their guidance and expertise as students write and refine their own raps lyrics, poetic verse, or spoken word pieces in a creatively supportive and collaborative environment. Students will record and share their verses at a community showcase on the final day of class.
Tuesday and Thursday 11am-12:30pm | July 27, 29, August 3, 5, 10, 12
Mic Crenshaw is an independent hip hop artist, respected MC, poet, educator, and activist. He is Lead U.S. Organizer for the Afrikan HipHop Caravan which uses cultural activism as a means to develop international solidarity related to human rights and justice. Mic is also co-founder of GlobalFam, a computer resource and job training center in Burundi, Central Africa.
Named Portland’s best Hip Hop artist in 2016, Mic has toured and collaborated with Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, Rakim and other legends. Since 2012, he has traveled to Cuba, Russia, Germany, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya and other countries where he facilitates hip hop cultural exchange opportunities for youth. Mic is currently a Teaching Artist in Residence at multiple schools and a co-producer of the It Did Happen Here podcast and the Rose City Rising City Wide Youth Hip Hop Compilation.
Quincy Davis has made an impact as a gifted and dedicated lyricist, recording artist and music producer based in Portland, USA with his unique brand of mystic urban soul music. He has been involved in youth education work since 2011, visiting high schools, treatment centers and lock down facilities as a speaker, workshop leader and part-time teacher. Quincy founded the sovereign media channel 7Vision in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, intended to serve our community by weaving modern music videos with elder teachings and engaging curriculum for a dynamic virtual education experience. Quincy intends to inspire the next generation of visionaries as we stand at the threshold of global transformation.
2360 NW Quimby Street
Portland, OR 97210