CONVO: Kuumba Lynx


CONVO: Kuumba Lynx

Posted by Centre News in Convocations 15 Nov 2017
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Date(s) - 11/15/2017
7:30 pm

Norton Center for the Arts - Weisiger Theatre


Kuumba Lynx
Coming to Centre for our annual Poverty and Homelessness Week, Kuumba Lynx will educate us about the realities of urban poverty and violence in Chicago through spoken word, photography, beat box, graffiti arts, and dance. Kuumba Lynx is an urban arts youth development organization in Chicago. It was launched in 1996 by three female artists who wanted to address the lack of art programs in the Chicago school system. Many teens view Kuumba Lynx as “a second home” and believe it’s a forum for their “voices to be heard.” Convinced that “bullets take lives, but words change lives,” Kuumba Lynx has empowered thousands of young people for two decades. Alongside many of Chicago’s artists, activists, educators, and youth communities, Kuumba Lynx has honed art that presents, preserves and promotes hip-hop as a tool to reimagine and demonstrate a more just world. Kuumba Lynx is not only a safe haven for youth, but the organization allows youth to find their authentic voice and provides them with the resources and platform to express that truth artistically. As a result, Kuumba Lynx has cultivated more than 10,000 youth artists since its inception.