By Maya Sussman, New Sector Alliance AmeriCorps Resident

“…We want to see a better nation,

That’s why we get our education.

Now we can have a celebration,

Now we can have a celebration!

And we celebrate, and we celebrate,

and we celebrate…”

-Students from Drew Elementary School at Beats of the Bayview (see picture below)

Students from Drew Elementary performing their spoken word poem at 3rd on Third! PHOTO CREDIT: Robyn Navarro Photography
Students from Drew Elementary radiantly perform their spoken word piece! PHOTO CREDIT: Robyn Navarro Photography

The third grade students who wrote this rhyme weren’t the only ones celebrating at last week’s Beats of the Bayview! Families, friends, community members, and Performing Arts Workshop supporters braved a windy March evening to show their support for these talented young artists.

In partnership with 3rd on Third, a monthly community arts and culture festival in the Bayview, Beats of the Bayview featured Afro-Peruvian dance and spoken word performances by students from Dr. Charles Drew College Preparatory Academy, who have been working with teaching artists Amani Manning and Rahman Jamaal since the start of the school year. The program also included a rap and hip hop dance performance by Workshop teaching artists Rahman Jamaal and Nick Brentley.

And no one went home hungry – students and families celebrated their creative accomplishments at an afterparty catered by the Bayview’s own Auntie April’s Chicken ‘n’ Waffles.

Check out photos from the event on Facebook by clicking here.

Our students (and teaching artists) brought down the house at Beats of the Bayview last night!Congratulations on a…

Posted by Performing Arts Workshop on Friday, March 21, 2014