Photo by Mary Lide Parker
NEXT LEVEL, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is looking for hip-hop artist-educators to participate in an international exchange program. In 2014–15, Next Level will take teams of artists to six countries—in Africa, Eastern Europe, and South Asia—to use hip-hop as a tool for cultural diplomacy and conflict resolution. Teams of four artists—a beat maker/producer, a DJ, a hip-hop dancer, and an MC—will spend 3–4 weeks teaching and performing in the host countries. All participants are paid a per diem and a modest honorarium; travel and lodging expenses will be covered.
Applicants must be:
- Outstanding performers with teaching experience
- Experienced in one or more of the following areas: Beat Making, DJing, b-boying/b-girling (or other forms of hip-hop dance), or MCing
- Able to commit to traveling abroad for 3–4 weeks in one or more countries
- United States citizens at least 21 years of age
- In possession of or able to obtain a U.S. passport
Due Date: January 9, 2014.
Next Level is looking for creative, caring communicators who are committed to teaching young people to express themselves constructively through hip-hop and who are eager to showcase their talents to overseas audiences.
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