In fall 2013, students at the Brooklyn Community Arts and Media (BCAM) High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant enrolled in an after-school program led by World Up called "WU School". For 5 months, students used hip-hop and technology to further explore meaningful issues within their communities. From writing their own lyrics to creating beats using Ableton Live, the students of WU School recorded original content to create "Truth Is...", an 8-track EP reflecting their lives today. As home to the second largest population of African Americans in the United States, Bedstuy continues to serve as an international epicenter for urban culture. It has certainly earned its place as a hot spot for emerging arts and culture in Brooklyn, and World Up has been fortunate to work with the young people that call Bedstuy home.
In collaboration with the Peace Boat, an International non-profit organization that travels the world by ship to promote peace and sustainability, World Up proposes to invite WU School students on a week-long international voyage to acquire a hands-on arts education with professional artists in the Music and Art Peace Academy (MAPA) project. As part of the MAPA project, aspiring young creators participate in a voyage on-board the Peace Boat to engage in workshops, lectures and hands on learning opportunities under the instruction of professional artists and educators.
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