Extremely grateful that the #UNiVERSALself educational program was a success in yet another part of #Brooklyn....East New York! We concluded this semester's series of arts education workshops with a school wide assembly where we danced, sang, read original poems and shared visual art/graffiti work! In a world with so much negativity going around it was sincerely a breath of fresh air. One special moment in particular that stands out is when one of the students, Aaron, felt empowered to sing a John Legend song in dedication to #MikeBrown. The whole class stood up with #BlackLivesMatter and #RIPMikeBrown signs to stand in solidarity. We ended the assembly with an open mic/community town hall where folks were given the opportunity to discuss police brutality, racial profiling and basically providing a safe space for the school to breath!
Check out this dope work created by Emilee aka M.O. from this semester's #UNiVERSALself educational program! Give thanks!
Before the 1990's dot.com boom in San Francisco, California, there exists a Filipino immigrant family raising American born children. Kilusan Bautista is an artistic middle child who discovers his voice through Hip Hop, Martial Arts and Theatre during his fathers battles with drug addiction. Surrounded by friends caught up in gangs and crime, Kilusan stands at the crossroads of life where he is confronted with his UNiVERSALself.
UNiVERSALself Production Team:
Written and performed by Kilusan Bautista.
Artistic Direction by Cornelia McPherson.
Music Collaboration by Chuck Mays, DJ Solcrates.
Animation Design by Ace and Son Moving Picture Company, LLC.
Multimedia collaboration by Tony SantaAna, Abe Menor.
Lighting Design by Laetiçia Emmanuel.
Artist collaboration with Jeffrey Bautista, Mrs. Santa Ana, Yuisa Davila.