The use of art, culture and politics as a method of liberation and critical healing in the lives of black youth. To reach, teach, treat and heal.
heARTbase is a group of practitioners engaged in non-traditional, anti-colonial approaches to critical healing [radical self-care] in the lives of Black youth. We use a holistic, humanistic approach that incorporates the arts. This is a way of [re]connecting with an engaged heart and creating a safe space for healing to happen.
Hip-hop has evolved into a global cultural force. This musical genre, like other kinds of Black Popular Culture, Music, and Arts, has long been associated with a celebration of Black culture and creative defiance to the establishment in a variety of artistic forms. Our work focuses on critical healing through the use of Black popular music and culture, which engages the hearts of listeners and artists who have experienced a wide range of personal and societal traumas.
We have collaborated with leading Hip Hop Ed scholars such as Dr. Ian P. Levy, Timothy Jones, Dr. Angel Jones, and Shad Music to enhance our work with Black youth in a meaningful way.