Our Vision

Our Story


Hi-ARTS (formerly known as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival) is a leading organization within the urban arts movement. For over seventeen 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 permanent home at El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109, Hi-ARTS is poised to grow into new realms of artistry, advocacy, and service to the communities in which we live and create.

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 at PS 109, Hi-ARTS engages arts and culture both locally and nationally. Our work is focused on:

  • Serving as an incubation, development, and production space for new and innovative works

  • Facilitating educational programs and opportunities that increase access and diversity in the arts

  • Working through the arts and across sectors to address key issues impacting our communities