KEEPERS OF THE ART 

Keepers of the Art is an urban arts and entertainment company designed to preserve the integrity of urban artistic expressions through progressive artistic and live entertainment outlets. We are deeply committed to spreading diversity and enhancing pride through the arts and entertainment while working to bring down barriers by bringing different groups of people together through the passion for music and art. We believe that we can fight the battle against negative influences in the world through the creation of more socially responsible artistic and entertainment outlets for ALL human beings..

Based out of Akron, OH, Keepers of the Art has and will continue to, consistently push the boundaries of what entertainment and education could/should be.


HIP HOP FLAVAS PODCAST

Produced by KEEPERS OF THE ART, INC., HIP HOP FLAVAS is a 60 minute monthly podcast airing LIVE Saturday nights from 8-9pm via social media.


THE HIP HOP PRESERVATION PROJECT

Keepers of the Art, Inc (KOTA) is seeking matching funds in the amount of $22,000 for the production of the 2018 Hip-Hop Preservation Project. We are excited to say that KOTA was chosen a 2018 winner of the Knight Foundation’s City of Akron Arts Challenge. Winners of the Art Challenge are charged with raising the matching funds in order to receive their monetary rewards.

This year, the HHPP will take place September 1st-8th, 2018 in downtown Akron. The event will consist of an assortment of events including: concerts, lectures, discussions, workshops and presentations. Join the HHPP Movement and become a part of the solution. Together we can bring Hip Hop back to its roots!

The Hip-Hop Preservation Project (HHPP) is a catalyst for an international movement designed to counteract the commercialization of Hip-Hop music through the re-education and re-introduction of Hip Hop culture’s original worldview, it history and its other original cultural elements on a community-based level.

The HHPP is intended to unify and galvanize the international Hip Hop community and all those concerned with protecting and preserving the integrity of the culture. We believe that there are thousands of individuals who are disenfranchised at the current commercialization and dumbing down of the culture.

The HHPP gives these individuals an opportunity to play a part in uplifting Hip Hop, whether through attendance or financial support. The primary goal of the HHPP is to bridge the generational gap that exists in the culture. This generational gap consistently creates dysfunction within the culture. It allows contemporary artists to dismiss the importance of knowing and respecting those artists who paved the way. It also keeps the elders of the culture from connecting with the contemporary artists to offer guidance.

Hip Hop’s music is a music of the people, just as folk, country, gospel, jazz...etc. it should reflect the diversity of the people. When it only reflects the lowest form of a people it becomes problematic. We need balance! Especially now, with the potential future ahead, the Hip Hop community needs to galvonize itself under its universal umbrella of "love, peace, unity & having fun". We can no longer allow corporate interests to dictate the language, thoughts & images that permeate the minds of our youth & society through the guise of hip hop.

Our culture called Hip Hop was born from systemic neglect and racist policies that sought to remove artistic expression from a people who originated so much of what we listen to today.

These inhumane thoughts and practices were met by a revolutionary youth movement, determined to speak "truth to power.” This is what created Hip Hop, this is what inspired Hip Hop, and this is what defines Hip Hop...a voice to those without a voice and power to those who feel powerless.

In order to bring Hip Hop back to its roots, we must regain control over the musical content so that contemporary artists are comfortable expressing themselves without the influence of those who are only concerned with the economic gain of commercialized rap music. We must shift the focus from the "individual" back to the "community.” This is done by connecting and bridging the generational gap between the cultural pioneer and the contemporary artists, who lack the necessary mentoring before they address and influence our youth. Especially now, with the potential future ahead, the Hip Hop community needs to galvanize itself under its universal umbrella of "love, peace, unity & having fun". We can no longer allow corporate interests to dictate the language, thoughts & images that permeate the minds of our youth & society through the guise of hip hop. Join the HHPP Movement and become a part of the solution. Together we can PRESERVE HIP HOP.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To create an international platform for “Hip Hoppers” from all over the U.S. and the globe to converge, contemplate, and converse about Hip-Hop’s history, its present and its future socio-economic and political impact.

  • To help maintain Hip Hop Culture’s lineage and its original socio-political impact through a weekend long of “edutainment” events.

  • To act as a “Rites of Passage” or mentoring outlet for the youth, community elders and aspiring artists alike by introducing them to the pioneers who established and pushed the Culture forward from an artistic and business standpoint.

  • To examine the influence of corporate America on Hip Hop culture in order to better understand their relationship and the impact it has had on its evolution.

  • To help close the “generational gap” between the Culture’s pioneers, purists, and contemporary artists through meaning programming and vital dialogue.

  • To dispel the myth that Hip Hop is only a youth culture in order to re-establish the historical oral tradition of the pioneer/elder sharing the meaning and history of the Culture with the younger generation, and the world in general.

  • To promote Hip Hop’s socio-economic independence through introducing and preserving present and new business models, and the creation of digital media outlets that promotes the Culture’s original worldview, its social and artistic diversity and more control of its global representation and image.

  • To charge and motivate all those in attendance with returning to their perspective communities and establishing community-based or “grassroots” Hip Hop education initiatives in order to preserve the Culture and spark an international preservation movement.

  • To introduce and expose young people to the cultural elements of Hip-Hop culture to promote skill mastery (i.e. - djaying, b-boying, creative writing and the visual arts)


Ismail Al-Amin / Brandon Buckner
Monty Buckner /
Donovan Rogers / Bay Shaun Seay
 

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