Asheru & We The Willing.org

Guerilla Arts Ink, LLC is a community-based arts & education organization dedicated to improving the overall quality of life of the youth we serve through quality arts programming, innovative curriculum design, and educational consulting.  In the advent of much needed arts and music education being cut from schools and after school programs, we intend to fill the void thru Guerilla tactics to provide authentic, hands-on arts training by any means necessary.

Founded by educator and award-winning Hip Hop artist, Gabriel “Asheru” Benn in 2005, Guerilla Arts Ink was formed out of a response to NCLB laws that stifled many arts and music programs in schools in favor of a more test results-driven, “standard education”.  Having seen firsthand the effects of his unique style of Hip Hop and arts integration in the classroom, Benn realized that arts exposure is absolutely necessary in order to bring out students’ potential, regardless of ability level or learning style.  Along this aim, the GA Artist Registry was formed to provide a platform for local artists to do what they love, help their communities, and make a buck all at the same time, while allowing for the flexibility in scheduling that many artists desire.

In this effort, GA specializes in recruiting, training, and hiring artists and young professionals of various media and background experience to become “Guerilla Artists”; those committed to sharing their talents and time in working collaboratively with youth to create art, music, literary and media productions that impact change within the communities in which they live.  We are a for-profit company based in Washington, DC.

CURRENT GA PROJECTS INCLUDE:

1) H.E.L.P. – In 2005, Guerilla Arts partnered to form Educational Lyrics, LLC a company dedicated to providing culturally responsive teaching materials for the 21st Century Classroom.  Our cornerstone program is H.E.L.P., the Hip Hop Educational Literacy Program – a supplemental reading curriculum and instructional training offering a cross-curricular, differentiated approach to effective literacy instruction.

2) S.H.A.R.P. – Summer Humanities Arts Readiness Program – A summer humanities and arts training program taught by Guerilla Arts trained, Arts Instructors

3) G.A.P. – Guerilla Arts Afterschool Program – A series of afterschool arts intensive workshops facilitated by Guerilla Artists and other young professionals.  Sites include Ballou SHS, Garfield Terrace, Park Morton, and Hope Community Charter School

4) Arbor Day Publishing  (ASCAP) – Music publishing company for Asheru

5) Guerilla Lounge — a monthly event that serves as a platform for independent artists educators, and young professionals.  Through the access of our organization’s Artist Registry, we are also able to effectively advertise and showcase the accomplishments of our artists through a series of screenings, panel discussions, performances, and other events open to the general public.

We plan to have a big year in 2010 — we are adding more schools and after school partners every week.  If you are an artist and/or young professional interested in signing up for our GA Artist Registry, please take the time to complete this short Artist Intake Form and send your bio and resume to resumes@wethewilling.org, and we will be sure to reach out to you shortly.

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