Martyr Loser King by Critical Breaks Artist-in-Residence Saul Williams
Mi Gente Spanish Harlem in the 80’s
Artspace PS109
Black Book Master Class 2015
Hip-Hop Theater, Dance & Art

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Mi Gente Spanish Harlem in the 80’s Exhibit opens September 24th!


The Black Book Master Class Spring/Summer Class Program



Hi-ARTS presents DIGGIN DC The 15th Annual Hip-Hop Theater Festival



Come join us in a sneak peak of an excerpt presentation of a new work by Saul Williams. The story centers around the character of MARTYR LOSER KING — a hacker from Burundi who becomes popular and evades authorities. MLK was inspired by current events both great and horrific — such as Edward Snowden, the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement and the militarization of drones, told through the lens of sci-fi, poetic storytelling, multi-media, and musical integration.

Critical Breaks is a year-round residency program which supports individual artists and theater companies who are in the pivotal phases of developing new work through experimentation, intensive development, and a public work-in-progress showing.

Workshop Presentation
November 11-12, 2015 @ 7:00pm
MARTYR LOSER KING written by Saul Williams

@ Hi-ARTS Performance Space
El Barrio’s Artspace PS109
215 E 99th St
New York, New York 10029



Hi-ARTS is proud to present the work of the highly acclaimed documentary photographer Joseph Rodriguez. Photographed entirely in NYC’s famed El Barrio, Spanish Harlem from 1985-1990 this marks the first time he has exhibited these works in his beloved community.

With this deeply moving series of photographs he forces us to remember a time before today’s newfound gentrification, a time before cafes and artistic bohemia, a time where poverty, high crime, drugs and a fledgling AIDS crisis held a community hostage.

Rodriguez who beautifully captures the humanity, joy and love of his subjects by embedding himself intimately within many families’ lives and the community affords us an honest testimony of what it was like for those who lived through such perilous times. Curated by Carlos Mare.

Wednesday through Saturday | 1–6pm
304 E. 100th St. @ 2nd Ave.
(6 Train to 96th )
**EXHIBITION EXTENDED** through Dec. 15 2015

To schedule PRIVATE VIEWING please e-mail or call (718) 497-4282.


  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • NYS Council On The Arts
  • Surdna Foundation
  • New England Foundation For the Arts
  • National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures
  • NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
  • LINC
The Festival and Hi-ARTS is made possible through generous support from the Ford Foundation, Lambent Foundation, Union Square Awards, Curtis W. McGraw Foundation, National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC), Leveraging Investments in Community (LINC), First People’s Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), the National Performance Network (NPN), New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and individual supporters like you.
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