The 15th annual Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival brought together First Wave scholars and alumni for an extraordinary series of free performances on April 1 and 2 at the Overture Center.
Over the past semester, University of Wisconsin-Madison dance professor Chris Walker worked with freshmen and alumni of First Wave — a scholarship program for hip hop and urban arts — to bring Danez Smith’s poem …
The annual celebration is a multi-day showcase bridging campus, local, and national leaders in hip-hop, spoken word, and the urban arts.
UW–Madison dance students and others got a chance to learn from professional dancers and choreographers in a Moonshine Masterclass, held after the Dance Department’s live performance of Moonshine, a mix of music, theater, dance and poetry.
The free Moonshine event is a celebration of Black History Month, with live music, contemporary theater and dance performances that includes West African, Afro-Caribbean Dancehall, and hip-hop dance forms.
Black faculty and staff at UW–Madison reflect on their personal connection to Black History Month and why it’s important in their lives and their work.
While reflecting on where he began at UW, Chris Walker talked about how his journey has come full circle from his time leading the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives and First Wave scholarship program.
Among the initiatives Walker is planning to introduce this fall is the Artivism Student Action Program, or ASAP, Fund. This grant was created to allow students to create timely responses to community challenges through the arts.