Via B.E.A.T. New York, NY (June 2012) - On June 20th,2012, B.E.A.T. (Bridging Education & Art Together) will be hosting their inaugural fundraising event from 8PM – 1AM at the ARENA club in Times Square. The evening will be comprised of each of B.E.A.Tʼs programs performing a music showcase lead by the instructors and featuring students from each program demonstrating the skills they have learned throughout the course of the semester.
B.E.A.T. is a nonprofit organization based in New York City which produces pioneering music and dance based programs servicing some of the cityʼs most under served students and communities. B.E.A.T. currently runs three programs: Beat Rockers, Beat Breakers and BeatMakers.
Beat Rockers is a beatboxing program for blind and visually impaired students at the Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx under the direction of Program Director Taylor McFerrin and instructors Chesney Snow and Mike Chevrony (aka: Beats Myth).Beat Breakers is an after-school Bboy/Bgirl (breakdance) program directed by legendary Bboy and Program Director, Ken Swift, and taught by Head Instructor Bboy WaAak1 of the Breaks Kru.
B.E.A.T.ʼs third program, Beat Makers, is an after-school music production and career development program taught by Program Director Michael Edwards (DJ Dhundee).A song composition workshop is also provided to the students lead by hip hop educator and musician, MC Why.
The evening will also include guest DJʼs J-Smoke of The Allies, DJ Rob Swift of the XEcutioners,and a special performance by jazz/funk/soul innovationists, Mobius Collective.
In addition to a soundscape of music, a silent auction featuring works by some of New York Cityʼs most accomplished artists and photographers will be on display for purchase. Current
Artists include: Joe Conzo, Jamel Shabazz, Brent Rollins, Jason Lewis and Mason Rose.
Tickets will be available for $20 at the door. All proceeds will go towards B.E.A.T. programs.
ARENA is located at 135 W 41st Street between 6th Ave and Broadway in Manhattan.
For more information, please visit www.beatnyc.org