The Athens Hip Hop Harmonic explores issues and experiences of racism, inclusion, equity and social justice through music. A series of performances will be featured in community venues such as public parks, schools, the East Athens Community Center, the 40 Watt Club and local churches.
The project advances what the National Endowment for the Arts refers to as “creative placemaking,” the deliberate integration of arts and culture to support local efforts to enhance quality of life, increase creative activity and foster a distinct sense of place. UGA has launched several such projects in recent years, including a Mellon Foundation funded collaboration with the Penn Center, following the institution’s hosting in 2018 of the national conference of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities, which focused on the relationship between creativity and diverse cultural locations.
The Athens Hip Hop Harmonic is supported by a three-year, limited-term lectureship housed in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music.
[Right] Connie Frigo, associate professor of saxophone in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. [Below] Sitting, L-R: Emily Koh, Montu Miller, Mariah Parker, Kxng Blanco, Squalle; Standing, L-R: Peter Lane, Ishues, Caulfield, Cindi Johnston-Turner, Adrian Childs, Motorhead2x.