Urban Art Beat



UAB Mission Statement


Urban Art Beat is a platform for creative expression, partnering talented artists and dedicated volunteers with underserved schools, prisons,  and organizations. We believe that creative expression through the arts has the potential to enhance the mind, spirit and artistic energy of our youth and engage them in shaping a vision for their community’s future.

We empower youth, fight educational injustice, and reduce dropout rates by creating reliable partnerships and innovative projects through Hip Hop culture and arts education.

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• Form student-centered curricula based on participant interests

• Provide participants with long lasting mentorship with community artists

• Lead innovative and relevant music and art workshops steeped in radical Hip Hop Pedagogy

• Establish a safe & creative environment that challenges both mentors and participants

• Ensure individual attention by maintaining a low student to mentor ratio

•Develop critical literacy and problem solving skills through collaborative, project based learning


• We create incredibly unique and thorough curricula for every program we lead

• In addition to the performance elements of Hip Hop, students learn about the history and heritage of Hip-Hop, encouraging pride in and ownership of their work as artists.

• Every program builds towards a culminating project, shared with the community and centered around social justice


• The most important results of our programs are an increase in knowledge, self-confidence and the ability to collaboratively create a unique vision.

•report an increased sense of community with fellow classmates, volunteers, and the teaching artists that serve as mentors

•Participants are more likely to increase their civic engagement, whether at school or in the community, and feel that their voice has a role in creating change