The Hip Hop Artist Residency & Training (HART) Program is a 4-month residency hosted by PUSH Dance Company at their Sanctuary studio in San Francisco. HART provides training and performance opportunities to 8 Black performing artists ages 18 and up with aspirations to build a career in Hip Hop and the performing arts. The HART Program will culminate in the creation of a collaborative performance led by the HART Resident Artists at the Bayview Opera House.
All Bay Area Black performing artists ages 18 and up are eligible to apply and then chosen by a panel of experienced Black performing arts professionals. Each HART Resident will have an opportunity to engage in their particular area of interest or expertise, focusing on the three tenets of Hip Hop: dance, music, and visual art. Placement in one of the three tenets of Hip Hop is determined by the candidate’s strengths and progress throughout the program.
Each HART Resident Artist will receive:
- A stipend of $2,000
- Access to dance & music recording studios
- Mentorship and Workshops
- Social media skill building
Inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem of the same name, the Dream Keeper Initiative is a new, citywide effort to reinvest $120 million over the next two years from law enforcement into San Francisco’s Black and African American community. This initiative is part of Mayor London N. Breed’s roadmap for reforming public safety and addressing structural inequities in San Francisco.
The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes
“Bring me all of your dreams,
Bring me all of your
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world.”