Randy Mason

It’s a Wrap

On July 19th, twenty Harlem Hub students and five teaching artists began an ambitious journey at our inaugural Summer Arts Academy. They agreed: Our music students would write and record an original song. Our media students would produce the music video for the song. Our dance students would develop and perform choreography for the video. And our murals…

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Turn up the Value – Song Lyrics

Enjoy the lyrics for the “Turn Up the Value” song written by our Harlem Hub students during the 2018 Summer Arts Academy. For daily updates from our Summer Arts Academy, go here. Concept & Elements “Turn up the Value’s” concept explores achieving social, economic, criminal and health justice by recognizing ourselves and others as valuable…

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Thrive x Harlem Hub: Summer Arts Academy

The Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub and Thrive Collective present the first annual Bring Art Back Summer Arts Academy at the Harlem Hub, July 18th – August 3rd, from 11 am to 4pm, Monday – Friday. Register on-site at the Harlem Hub, 302 West 124th Street, 3rd Floor, July 16-20. Students will receive instruction in…

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The Art of Healing through Creativity

On Saturday, June 30th, a spirit of healing reverberated throughout our first ever Art of Healing festival where we stood, arms in arms against gun violence and provided space for individuals to heal through pain through creative fun, music, and games. With support from the community, colleague arts organizations, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance,…

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Turn Up the Value: Hub Music, Vol. 1

This week is the Fifth (and final) Friday of our Harlem Hub music pilot. Join us to help record “Turn Up the Value,” written by Hub students. Shout out to emcee / music educator Randy Mason for holding it down and turning it up! @hiphoppinheart Writing and recording session with the teens at @nycthrive #HarlemHub…

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HeART Beat Photo Diary

– Photos and commentary by Thrive Intern Chandler Simpson (UNC Chapel Hill) The 2018 Queens HeART Beat Festival was a carefully ordered sequence of frenetic rhythms set by DJ Tony Tone’s spinning onstage. The controlled chaos unleashed a torrent of energy constantly harnessed through the many creative outlets around the park, from visual arts to…

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Malala, Martin, Malcolm, Medgar & Lincoln

How do you organize 480 middle school students at the three-hour HeART Beat Festival / field day for the NYC Council Art as Catalyst for Change anti-gun violence initiative? Arrange 14 activity centers in five color coded zones named for community leaders impacted by gun violence: Malala Yousafzai, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Medgar…

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Hip Hop at the Harlem Hub

Using Bars and Beats to Build Five Fridays / June 1 – 29 / 4-6pm Write. Record. Perform. Day 1 Hip Hop at the Harlem Hub @nycthrive Bars, Beats and building. The freestyle five turned into the freestyle fifteen! ⏱Friday's in June 4pm-6pm A post shared by Randy Mason (@randymasonmusic) on Jun 1, 2018 at…

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Let’s March Together for Education

Next Tuesday, March 27th, is National Education and Sharing Day. The day was first established by the United States Congress in 1978 to honor Rabbi M. M. Schneerson, who was a passionate advocate for children’s education. Rabbi Schneerson believed that education should focus not only on academic achievements, but also on character building. President Obama…

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