“NOT ALL ART IS PROVOCATIVE. THIS IS A GREAT CLICHE. ART IS A LANGUAGE, AND [WITH] LANGUAGE, YOU CAN SAY ANYTHING, FROM THE SHOCKING TO THE COMFORTING, THE HILARIOUS TO THE HEARTBREAKING. THE ART THAT SURVIVES MOST EXPRESSIVELY EMBODIES THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE; IN THE SAME GENERATION, YOU’LL HAVE A CONSERVATIVE AND A RADICAL SURVIVE AS GREAT ARTIST BECAUSE OF THAT.”
Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the ArtsLos Angeles Times, November 5, 2011
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission invited Anthony “Amde” Hamilton of the Watts Prophets to Prince George’s County during the year of July 2006 to conduct a two-day workshop with teens. This workshop served as a preview for a five-day residency project held in July –August 2007. The project has been fully researched, validated and a remarkable success to date see news.
Like caped crusaders, the Watts Prophets arrived at a juvenile jail in California to ease mounting tensions between Black and Latino youths.
It was the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and the trio spent 12 hours talking about hope and redemption. About poetry, peace and a new perspective.
“They made a difference,” one administrator said. “There’s not a doubt in my mind they prevented something from happening.”
To advance public awareness, and involvement in the practices and issues of contemporary literary arts. Providing a challenging program of events which stress new work and diversity, offering a content for literature and the arts; fostering a community for the exchange of challenging ideas and nurturing of discussion and new collaboration and cross fertilization between writers and those working in the other artistic disciplines and fields. In addition, using literature and the literary arts to enhance education and increase light.
A Partnership in Aesthetic Education Sponsored by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts University of Nebraska-Lincoln “Three different economic and social level High Schools brought together in harmony by the Watts Prophets®” (sharing how the Arts inspired them to deal with potentially divisive issues (of the 1960′s), and how they were inspired to use Rap as a positive form of communication.)
A sit-down with one of the first rappers in history, a Catholic-raised Creole with strong Louisiana roots and a bone to pick with the powers that be.