Hi-ARTS (formerly known as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival) is a leading organization within the urban arts movement. For fifteen years, Hi-ARTS has consistently broken new ground, advancing urban art by empowering artists to develop bold new works, while creating a lasting and positive impact on urban communities. Hi-ARTS is adding to the legacy of the HHTF at an exciting stage of growth that engages Hip-Hop while creating the new urban arts. With the move to our new home at PS 109, Hi-ARTS is poised to grow into new realms of artistic creativity, advocacy and service to the arts and the communities in which we live.

Our commitment to this work has developed an audience that is unique, young, and ethnically and racially diverse. Located at the center of creative and community practice in El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109, Hi-ARTS engages arts and culture both locally and nationally. Our work is focused on:

  • Developing and producing new work through performance and the visual arts
  • Serving as an incubator that provides a platform for artists while showcasing innovative work of the future
  • Facilitating educational programs and opportunities that increase access, participation and diversity in the arts
  • Creating a pipeline that produces important works for the field of urban arts

Hi-ARTS also works in partnership with the kennedy center to honor hip-hop culture

"We are proud and excited to be incorporating Hip Hop Culture into our artistic and educational programs during the 2016–2017 season," said Deborah F. Rutter, Kennedy Center President. "In our role as a national cultural institution, we feel it is vital to recognize all of the performing arts in our programming."
...Another important aspect of this exciting news is the Kennedy Center’s partnership with Hi-ARTS..."Hi-ARTS is excited about continuing our innovative work around Hip Hop and the urban arts at the Kennedy Center," said the Producing Artistic Director of Hi-ARTS, Kamilah Forbes. "We look forward to working with the nation’s center for the performing arts and its newly appointed Artistic Director for Hip Hop Culture on this transformative series."

from VIBE Magazine's "Kennedy Center Appoints Q-Tip As Artistic Director For Hip Hop Culture"

Read more about this partnership in the Washington Business Journal & Indie Shuffle.