Youth-Activated Festival Celebrates 11 Years of Unity: We Are Hip-Hop Festival

Press Release

ElevArte Community Studio, a social impact arts organization, will host its 11th Annual We Are Hip-Hop Youth Festival on Saturday, August 6th at Dvorak Park in Pilsen. The only event of its kind, completely organized by Chicago youth, strives for peace and hip-hop awareness while celebrating the powerful movement of resilience.

“Our team has been working hard on this event and I know the festival is going to turn out great. We want to share the positive aspects of Hip Hop through this unique festival with the entire community, especially young people.” –  Jennifer Villanueva


The We Are Hip-Hop Youth Festival explores hip-hop in its various forms: MC’s, Graffiti, DJ’s, and Breakdancing. The festival includes live entertainment, graffiti and breakdancing battles, as well as an array of local vendors, including small businesses and local food. This event is FREE and open to the public.

The 11th Annual #WRHHFest2016

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2015
Back Fields of Dvorak Park |
1119 W Cullerton St. Chicago, IL 60608
1-7pm, Free
Hosted by: Lily Be & Frencha

KING RON The Poet: 1:05pm
Rad Nightt & Tuesday: 1:20pm
Beats & Bars: 1:25pm
B-Team: 1:40pm
L.D. 2:00pm
Phenom: 2:15pm
World Famous DJ Shon (Ishon Cherry): 2:35pm
Amiah: 2:55pm
Jae Ali: 3:15pm
KuumbaLynx: 3:30pm
The A.S.A. Project: 3:45pm
Rae Chardonnay: 4:00pm
Rio Scoob: 4:25pm
Urbanized Music: 4:50
Pinqy Ring: 5:10pm
DJ Shon Roka & DJ Illanoiz: 5:30pm

Graffiti Battle: 2:30pm
Breakers Battle: 5:30pm – 7pm

“It is important to give young people the space to create their own event, where they can see their ideas and voices come to life. When youth are equipped with the right leadership tools the results can be astounding. The We Are Hip-Hop Youth Festival is an excellent example of this,” says ElevArte’s Executive Director, Maria León.

Since 2005, ElevArte has supported, empowered and employed over 250 at-promise youth and welcomed more than 3,000 attendees to the annual festival. The festival is used as a tool to teach young people essential skills such as: leadership, team and community building.

The We Are Hip-Hop Festival is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its fourth year, the 2016 Night Out in the Parks series will host over 1,000 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. Projects will vary from traditional performances and concerts, to movies, peace rallies, community workshops, nature based programs, dance pieces, festivals, and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 120 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this successful initiative. Other funders include: One Summer Chicago, After School Matters and Department of Family and Support Services.

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