Elm Place participated in a school-wide Day of Hip Hop as part of their 13th annual fine arts collaboration. Organized by music teacher, Caitlin Lucci, and funded by a Foundation Grant, this year the entire school dedicated a day to exploring the genre through live performances, hands-on workshops, breakout sessions and demonstrations from some of Chicago’s finest hip hop artists.

Students worked with the following guest artists:

  • choreographer Tanji Harper and Blu Rhythm Collective
  • street art mural demo from Galerie F owner Billy Craven and Mosher
  • Beat boxer GQ
  • Emcees BrittanE and Vet
  • songwriter/beat producer Aquil Charlton
  • poet Jasmine Barber
  • breakdance crew Culture Shock Chicago
  • musicians Ric Wilson and Kaina Castillo
  • Hip hop stylist/cross-sticher Emma McKee (StitchGawd)
The day opened with an all-school performance from Blu Rhythm Collective and closed with live performances from the EP band, orchestra, chorus, and Ric Wilson/Kaina Castillo. Students recorded their learning and reflections from the day on recycled vinyl records now on display in the hallway.