Shakurspeare: A Tribute to Tupac Shakur and the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop
Become A Patron, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the power of arts and culture in the lives of young people, is proud to commemorate the 50th anniversary of hip hop, which began on August 11, 1973.
Hip hop has been a cultural force for half a century, inspiring countless artists, musicians, and writers to express themselves through this vibrant and dynamic art form. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Become A Patron is proud to announce the upcoming tour of Shakurspeare, a powerful piece of artwork in their collection.
Created by artist and author Darrin Keith Bastfield, Shakurspeare is an original oil painting that includes the very first master audio recording of Tupac Shakur, hidden in a compartment, and is inspired by the late rapper's dream of becoming a Shakespearean actor as told to Bastfield. Shakurspeare is not just a painting, but a time capsule that includes an archived artifact of one of the most prolific rap artists of our time.LEARN MORE
THE STORY BUS
The Story Bus is a mobile video, audio, art, and photography studio that visits nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and neighborhoods in Baltimore and beyond to collect personal stories and oral histories from residents and community advocates. The stories speak to both the concerns and solutions of underserved, disenfranchised, and underrepresented youth and artists in the area.
We believe in the importance of fostering Arts and Culture in our youth and we want the products produced from The Story Bus to heal, unite, evoke action, and inspire all people, not just those residing in underserved communities.
Through multimedia applications the stories collected on The Story Bus will serve as educational content that would be used to curate virtual events, special face to face art exhibitions, and live storytelling events for the public.BECOME A PATRON
Why Art Programs are Beneficial to Students for their educational, emotional, social, and creative development?:
Improved Learning Skills
Art programs have the potential to help improve memory and concentration skills, develop decision-making and critical thinking skills, and also encourage focus and discipline.
Enhanced Social Skills
An arts education can help improve self-esteem and social skills, developing and understanding and an appreciation for different cultures, which translates to an increased sense of tolerence and social acceptance.
Art programs encourage students to be creative and use their imagination as much as possible, a critical aspect in helping students to magnify their place in relation to the rest of the world they live in, encourage novelty and nonlinear thinking.
Baltimore School for the Arts selected as 2022 Charitable Giving Recipient
We at Become A Patron knows that all departments at the Baltimore School for the Arts goes above and beyond the call of duty, but we would like to specifically point out of Mr. Archie Veal, Head of the Visual Arts department for which we designated our 2022 charitable giving. Mr. Veal represents all that is good, wholesome, ethical, and moral as a department head and artist who serves the community by way of his leadership within an institution dedicated to providing access to arts education and enrichment to youth from underserved communities.
Thank you Mr. Archie Veal.
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January 1, 2023 is the Official Launch of Maryland Raffle™️. Maryland Raffle™️ helps Maryland area Non-profits with their fundraising efforts. To learn more please visit www.mdraffle.comLearn More