PRESS RELEASE: DowntownDC BID Offers Free 'Words Beats & Life Arts Academy' For Youth This Summer

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Youth in DowntownDC for the first time have access to free arts programming this summer as part of a drop-in academy hosted by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) and provided by Words Beats & Life Inc. (WBL).
 
From June 19-Aug. 4, the Words Beats & Life Arts Academy will host free evening classes three times a week offering young people the chance to take photography classes, learn how to play chess, delve into poetry, learn how to DJ and take more classes, all with a hip-hop focus.
 
"We are excited about the opportunity to connect with a younger demographic through creative instruction" said BID Executive Director Neil O. Albert. "We recognized the demand for evening activities for youth in the Chinatown area during the summer and the program’s strong participation rate is expected to continue."
 
“We believe hip-hop can be used as a vehicle to enhance the life experiences of young people and shape their development in a positive way,” said Words Beats & Life Executive Director Mazi Mutafa.
 
Words Beats & Life hosts classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5-8pm in three rotating outdoor locations in the Chinatown area of DowntownDC: Gallery Place, Chinatown Park and in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The BID and Words Beats & Life have marketed the classes to young people, who can sign-up for the free programs on site. The academy locations can host 20-50 youth per session.
 
Program supporters and sponsors include Oxford Property Group, the Verizon Center, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Buredo, Koshland Science Museum, the International Spy Museum and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. 
 
Words Beats & Life is a D.C. non-profit which works to transform individual lives and communities through hip-hop.
 
*For more information, visit http://www.wblinc.org/academy-2/