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BARS! Connecting to History through Hip Hop Songwriting Livecast

April 23 @ 1:30 pm - April 24 @ 3:00 pm

Pay What You Can
NJPAC’s Virtual Professional Development offers workshops that can inspire, educate, and reinvigorate your teaching strategies!

BARS! Connecting to History through Hip Hop Songwriting

This is a two-part workshop!

Thu, Apr 23, 2020 1:30-3pm

Fri, Apr 24, 2020 1:30-3pm

We can look to the great success of the musical Hamilton to know that the exciting world of Hip Hop songwriting can be a hook for engaging reluctant students. In this fresh and energizing workshop, learn to guide students in synthesizing information about a historical figure by writing lyrics for Hip Hop songs. Help your students connect with the rhythm of Hip Hop while deepening their understanding of history.

Course includes a Professional Development Certificate (3 credit hours) and virtual materials.

Support for Arts Education Professional Development programs is provided by: Mars Wrigley, Panasonic, TD Charitable Foundation, Turrell Fund, Wolf Trap, and the Victoria Foundation.

Bomani Armah

Bomani Armah is a Washington DC native and a proud resident of Prince George’s County Maryland where his earliest musical influences were gospel and Go-Go. He credits his community for preparing him to be, as supporting him as, an artist and an educator. Bomani is most known for his Internet viral and BET music video hit “Read a Book”. He has many aliases including art educator “Baba Bomani” to students throughout Maryland, “Notarapper” on the vibrant poetry and hip-hop scene, and “The Watermelon Man” in the community. For almost 20 years Bomani has used his extensive experience as a poet, producer and hip-hop MC, to teach fun and informative workshops, residencies, assemblies, professional development classes and seminars in what has evolved into a writing curriculum called BARS. Along with being a Kennedy Center CETA facilitator, he is also a sought after teaching artist on the Young Audiences of Maryland and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania roster, frequently a Kennedy Center Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program facilitator, and just completed a summer tour of all the public libraries in Delaware. Bomani is the founder of Watermelon Day at Sankofa, a yearly celebration of community, art, education and watermelon on the first Saturday in August at Sankofa Video & Books Cafe. He is also the founder of the Frederick Douglass Writing Club, a literacy history and club taught at several schools and homeschooling collectives between 8 and 12 based on the life and career of Frederick Douglass. Whether as a solo poet, MC with a DJ, or as front man for his 7 piece afro-funk-rock-Go-Go-Hip-Hop band Immaletchufinish, Bomani puts on a live show that cannot be forgotten. Bomani is a seasoned event host, as the former Director of Poetry Events for Busboys and Poets restaurant and performance venue chain and hosts of hundreds of artistic, community and corporate events. As a columnist and blogger he is widely read, including his popular satirical essay published in the Washington Post “Okay, Barack. Now Show ‘Em Your White Side”. As a musician, producer and song writer, Bomani also has several production credits for films and television shows on BET, MTV and more. Find more information Bomani Armah as an artist, writer at notarapper.com, or as an art integration and education specialist at babagotbars.com.


April 23 @ 1:30 pm
April 24 @ 3:00 pm
Pay What You Can
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