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Kuumba Lynx’s Hip Hop Arts Program (HHAP) continuum creates pathways across the city at various locations including park districts, schools and community spaces.  The year round sequential arts learning opportunities incorporate ritual, writing and freestyle ciphers fused with dance, beatbox, spoken word, music production, deejaying, graffiti art, photography, video and more. HHAP includes:  1) the Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensemble (KLPE) touring shows & it’s apprenticeships for ages 14-25,  2) 1/2 Pint Poetics (HPP) writing and slam poetry project for ages 8-14, 3) cultural events & collaborations such as Chicago Hip Hop Theater Festival,  Remixing The Art of Social Change Teach In & One Luv Back to School Jam, and 4) praxi sharing & professional development trainings with Co Founders and facilitators.


KL primarily facilitates programming in Uptown, Little Village, and Austin, however program participants represent over 27 Chicago communities.  From Auburn Gresham to Humboldt Park, and from South Shore to  Rogers Park, KL’s celebrates its participants global experiences and perspectives. KL program participants are 55% African American, 30% Latino, 1% Native, 5% White and 9% other.   Our participants are generally 8 to 18 years old (70%), but we also serve 19 to 25 year olds (30%).