Art in Praxis (AiP) “Lab Notes” =  a round-up of creative inspiration, AiP happenings and upcoming Partner-Powered events & resources!

Crank & Groove: A Go-Go Love Story | (bring your cowbell) September 13th, 14th, Atlas Theatre, DC

I am so excited/honored/geeked to co-produce and direct SpeakeasyDC's Crank & Groove: A Go-Go Love Story. I'm realizing that in many ways this work is my love letter to a city that has fortified me. I'm excited to intentionally integrate go-go  - an indigenous DC art form - into the DC storytelling scene.  I am grateful for every go-go griot, talker, scholar and artist who has and will touch this project.  In the coming weeks I'll be posting about the C & G devising process, the AMAZING ensemble and stories as tools for cultural organizing.  Follow the action online at #crankgroove and get into the mood with this awesome digital go-go mixtape, courtesy of ensemble member Black Picasso!

We want you to share your Go-Go Love Story! What's the song or a band you'll go to the ends of the earth to hear? What's the first go-go song you heard? Call us and share your story in a message: (202) 618-2402

About Crank & Groove: With the support of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, SpeakeasyDC and Atlas Performing Arts Center join forces once again, this time to premier Crank & Groove. Storytellers, musicians and dancers take us on a rhythmic journey with true tales of go-go’s past and present. Bring your cowbell

and your dancing shoes, and get ready to crank and groove to go-go’s distinct blend of funk, rhythm & blues, hip-hop, and live percussion. Featuring some of the DC’s finest “go-go griots” and artists.  Tickets at

We did that! Remixing the Art of Social Change Teach - in (part of the DC Hip-Hop Theatre Festival)

Last week, Art is Praxis is brought some Chispa flavor to the Teach-in! Spanish for "spark",  Chispa is a brief talk featuring interesting thinkers, do’er and dreamers from different industries finding common ground through sharing what they love. Chispa’s format is brief, dynamic and multi-sensory. Lola Adele-Oso, from the Taproot Foundation presented Design + this not so BIG life:

Life is like the house, apartment, or any other space you live and work in.  What if the principles of design could be applied to “remodel” how you work, play, and live?  Wouldn’t you have more room to truly discover and focus on what really matters?

HUGE shout out to Chispa presenters Ebony Golden (Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative) and Playwright Nina Mercer for presenting on the "Poetics of Transformation" and "Go-Go Culture as Legacy, Wealth and Resistance", respectively.

Follow the #wblremix hashtag to catch all the highlights from the event.

Coming Up: Inaugural MediaRise Festival! September 23-29, 2013, DC

Brought to you by Media Rise, a global alliance of creative professionals, designers, storytellers, educators and social activists who are passionate about using media for social good. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your creativity and connect with other inspiring thought leaders and change agents. Get involved:

The Match will be a part of MediaRise this year. Even more reason to attend!

Run A Youth-Serving Non-Profit in DC?

Know someone who does? Encourage them to apply for a Fair Chance Partnership! Fair Chance provides year-long, FC_POSITIVE pngcustomized capacity building services to youth-serving nonprofits city-wide. Through the “Fair Chance Partnership”, organizations increase their ability to positively impact the lives of children and families in DC.  Apply by August 5th to possibly receive a year of free technical assistance (worth $35K)  for your nonprofit.

Currently geeking about about...

The IFTTT (If This Then That)  iphone app, the Social Good Summit #2030NOW, Third + Grace's funky furniture.