Rashidi Omari is a performance artist, writer and educator at Destiny Arts Center, a violence prevention and arts education organization in Oakland. Growing up, hip-hop was an outlet that helped Rashidi deal with life's challenges, and he works to provide today's Bay Area youth with the same creative opportunities. We stopped by his dance studio to learn more about this dynamic Oakland artist, and find what hip-hop means to him and his students.
After introducing Rashidi to your students, check out these two videos where he teaches us how to beatbox and breakdance. Follow along and add your own b-boy flavor.
As you prepare to welcome your students back to school this fall, add the newest Gallery Crawl video to your classroom media playlist, which is focused on San Francisco art legend, Margaret Kilgallen. Drawing from folk and historical art influences, Kilgallen was significantly inspired by letter forms, typography, and D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) culture. After viewing the Gallery Crawl video about the artist, follow-up with the activities in our educator guide, which include ideas for 'zine and video-making, as well as discussion points related to community characteristics and graffiti/street art. Download the Educator Guide from the Gallery Crawl web site. And find more resources related to Margaret Kilgallen and her work on PBS's Art21 web site.