To provide innovative, culturally relevant hip-hop art programs to inspire engagement, learning, and activism for diverse communities.
Administered by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI), the First Wave Learning Community is the first university program in the country centered on urban arts, spoken word and hip-hop culture.
Over 40% of all First Wave students have already studied abroad in a multitude of countries. This includes study of film in Paris and cultural learning activities in Rio de Janeiro.
First Wave students are published authors, nationally renowned and internationally ranked poets, rappers making noise on the underground, and community organizers.
- April 18
- April 18One of A Kind Ahead of Her Time: The Legacy of Helen Louise AllenThe inaugural exhibition of the Textile Gallery showcases collection pieces representing the travels of Professor Helen Louise Allen. Open Wed.-Sun., Jan. 27-Apr. 18 12:00 AM, Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, Nancy Nicholas Hall
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