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Rustbelt to Artistbelt : At the Crossroads in St. Louis, April 12-14, 2012
Arts-Based Community Development Convening
Transforming Post-Industrial Cities through Art and Innovation
April 12 through 14, 2012 - St. Louis

Rachel Tibbetts

St. Louis, Missouri

Rachel headshot

Rachel Tibbetts is the Education Director for Prison Performing Arts. She has worked in arts education since 2000 as an Education Associate and Assistant Director of Education at the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington; and Arts Partners Program Administrator and Assistant Arts Education Director at Young Audiences of St. Louis. She received her B.A. in Theatre in May 2006 from Oklahoma State University. Rachel graduated from the 2006-2007 Community Arts Training Institute at the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. Rachel is a member of the Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble, a St. Louis based professional theatre company.

Presentation(s):

Hip Hop Project with Youth in Detention

Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 2:45 pm
Top Floor : Starlight Room

Hip Hop Poetry Project:  a community collaboration between Prison Performing Arts and the Family Court – Juvenile Division. Hip Hop Poetry Project consists of workshops on the 4 elements of Hip Hop; lyric writing, music, dance and design. The workshops respond to several of the challenges facing an at-risk population, particularly the critical need to communicate, have confidence and build literacy skills. Youth receive in-depth commentary from professional teaching artists on everything they participate in during the workshops. The work culminates in a final performance for an audience of family members, community guests and peers. A CD of the youth’s writing is recorded and all of the youth’s written work is published in a printed anthology. This interactive workshop will feature in-depth discussion, audio samples, photographs and video of the project and teaching artists leading participants through sample writing prompts.