Sustainability in Hip Hop Programs

After collaborating with the Saskatchewan Association for Northern Sport and Culture on a hip hop project in Beauval at the Saskatchewan Sport & Cultural Festival in 2009 and for the IMP Labs 55 Parallel Hip Hop Tour in 2010, I was invited to partner with the SANSC again in 2011 for the B-ing Hip Hop Project. This event happened over two days and it provided an opportunity for northern youth with an interest in hip hop to gain exposure, knowledge and experience with beatmaking, DJing, graffiti, mobile media, and breakdancing. During the project, youth gained knowledge and experience in hip hop arts practices. Most importantly, community leaders were mentored on how to develop programs to continue to use the knowledge and create more opportunities related to hip hop in their communities. Similar to what I did after the completion of the IMP Labs 55 Parallel Hip Hop Tour, we worked to support the communities remotely in sustaining their program through on-line support and mentorship opportunities in the IMP Labs.