hip hop

#ProjectAttica Participates in #Mural-making activity with Elemento Ilegal Eskuela de Hip Hop at La Comuna 8 in Medellin, Colombia

On Sunday September 11, 2016 we went to La Comuna 8 in Medellin, Colombia.  La Comuna 8 is located in the eastern center of Medellin.   La Comuna 8 is immense and the area were we our artivism and mural-making was in the neighborhoods of Golondrinas and El Faro.  A large part of the efforts of Elemento Ilegal as a school is to empower the territory, these two neighborhoods specifically.  The displacement suffered by these neighborhoods has many causes the local military, criminal groups, and paramilitary groups are some of thoses causes. 

Together with Elemento Ilegal Eskuela de Hip Hop we met and discussed ways to spread artivism in these territories amid adversities as a form of resistance. 

Would you like to host one of our Artivism workshops at your school or non-profit? We would love to hear from you! Contact us!

Since 2011, Project Attica has brought Artivism – a free, dynamic, visual art, interactive workshop to students in New York City. Held in middle schools, high schools and community organizations in the city, Artivism provides students with a space to create works of art by expressing their views about social justice issues on wearable canvases.

What ‘white folks who teach in the hood’ get wrong about education

Columbia University associate professor Dr. Chris Emdin says the “white hero” narrative is setting up both teachers and students for failure. Photo courtesy of Diedre Reznik.

Columbia University associate professor Dr. Chris Emdin says the “white hero” narrative is setting up both teachers and students for failure. Photo courtesy of Diedre Reznik.

PBS News Hour, March 28, 2016 || By Kenya Downs

“There’s a teacher right now in urban America who’s going to teach for exactly two years and he’s going to leave believing that these young people can’t be saved,” says Dr. Chris Emdin, associate professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College. “So he’s going to find another career as a lawyer, get a job in the Department of Education or start a charter school network, all based on a notion about these urban youth that is flawed. And we’re going to end up in the same cycle of dysfunction that we have right now. Something’s got to give.”

Emdin, who is also the university’s associate director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, has had enough of what he calls a pervasive narrative in urban education: a savior complex that gives mostly white teachers in minority and urban communities a false sense of saving kids.


“The narrative itself, it exotic-izes youth and positions them as automatically broken,” he says. “It falsely positions the teacher, oftentimes a white teacher, as hero.”

He criticizes the “white hero teacher” concept as an archaic approach that sets up teachers to fail and further marginalizes poor and minority children in urban centers. In “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood … and the Rest of Y’all Too,” his new book released this month, Emdin draws parallels between current urban educational models and Native American schools of the past that measured success by how well students adapted to forced assimilation. Instead, he calls for a new approach to urban education that trains teachers to value the unique realities of minority children, incorporating their culture into classroom instruction. I talked with him about the book and why he says the stakes are too high to continue with the status quo. 

Click here to learn more.