B-Girl Be is officially open and we want to share the talents and skills of local hip hop women with you! Sign up now for one, two, three or all four of these opportunities to learn from the Twin Cities' best!
B-Girl Be Workshops
$5 per workshop (group rates available).
Space is limited, reservations required. Call (612) 871-4444 or email email@example.com to sign up.
Lyricism and Poetry with Desdamona (ages 16 and up)
Thursday May 5; 5:30–8:00 pm
We will write about personal life experiences, experiment with collaboration, discuss and listen to work by hip hop and spoken word artists, incorporate chorus/hooks into our pieces ending with a performance of the writing from the day.
Stencils and Graf with Amy Swenson (ages 16 and up)
Thursday May 12; 5:30–8:00 pm
I will be showing the variety of surfaces that stencils can go on, the different things that can be used to create stencils and some of the tricks involved when it comes to fixing mistakes and applying an image to a surface.
Dance with Leah Nelson and B-girl Seoul (ages 12 and up)
Thursday May 19; 5:30–8:00 pm
This session will cover the fundamentals of the various styles associated with breaking, popping & locking. We will start with a warm up that incorporates the basic movements. We will watch some videotapes by funk dance legends Don Campbell and the Electric Boogaloos whose style of movement have influenced current hip hop dancers. We will then create a routine together incorporating all these styles as well as some current hip -hop dance trends and end with a freestyle.
Digital Media with Rachel Raimist (ages 16 and up)
Thursday May 26; 5:30–8:00 pm
In this session we will deconstruct and (re)construct images of women in hip-hop. We will analyze photography, film, music videos, and print media. We will erase the beat, slow down the frame, and discuss why and how these images are so powerful. This is also an opportunity to talk about how you can get involved in documenting (filming/photographing/writing) the b-girl be summit.
Graffiti Black Book Sessions: Freestyle Twin Cities Graffiti History
Mondays, May 9–30; 7:00–9:00 pm
Free admission; no registration required
Over the month of May, Monday night Black Book Sessions are a call to bring together various graffiti and black book artists to sketch and celebrate local Twin Cities graffiti art history. Influential writers from various historical moments in local history will join each session to share their stories and vintage black books. This is a rare event that encapsulates the visual expression and the oral history from the last twenty years of local Twin Cities’ graffiti history. The collection of current and historical black book pieces derived from these sessions will be on exhibit in this first of its’ kind show at Intermedia Arts from June 2–August 13.
Bring your own lunch to these brown bag dialogues with women in the Twin Cities hip-hop scene.
The Genesis of B-Girl Be: Feminist Collaborations in Practice
Saturday, May 14
Noon–1:00 pm; free admission
Join local artists-activists-academics in the hip-hop movement: DeAnna Cummings, Desdamona, Leah Nelson, Rachel Raimist, Melisa Riviére and Theresa Sweetland.
Open Forum: Women in the Twin Cities Hip-Hop Scene
Saturday, May 21
Noon–1:00 pm; free admission
A space for you to build on local energy and local artists and to discuss ideas to support women in this community.
Want to get involved? Register now to volunteer for the B-Girl Be Summit June 2-5, 2005. 612-871-4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Orientation, May 11, 6-8 pm