Hi-ARTS | A not-for-profit 501 (c) multidisciplinary arts and culture organization that produces theater, dance, visual art and humanities programs that speak directly to the young and diverse urban audiences. For fifteen years, Hi-ARTS has consistently pushed the boundaries around including and representing diverse voices and audiences. Your tax-deductible donation helps support the next sixteen years of Hi-ARTS’ work in our permanent home at El Barrio's Artspace PS109.
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$ 2,500 Sponsor a One Week “Critical Breaks” Artist Residency | Our signature artist in residence program, Critical Breaks, gives essential time and space for artists to focus on developing new work. Critical Breaks provides artists with collaborative input from a dramaturge, director, and other collaborators, in addition to feedback from private and public presentations, giving the artist and their work an opportunity for in-depth development. The inaugural season of Critical Breaks includes artists: Saul Williams (Martyr Loser King) and Liza Jessie Petersen (The Peculiar Patriot). Upcoming Critical Breaks artists include Malik Yoba (Harlem to Hollywood) and Mark Bamuthi Joseph (peh-LO-tah). Your contribution will be accompanied by four free tickets to each performance with reserved seating, special performance related receptions, dinner and conversation with the artist, and named credit in programs and other promotional materials as part of our “Donor’s Circle."
$500 Support an Artist | Hi-ARTS pioneered the field of Hip-Hop theater and urban aesthetics. This work lives through Hi-ARTS’ influential creation and curatorship of the Washington, D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival, the One Mic Festival, and season long Hip-Hop-based programming which take place in partnership with The Kennedy Center. These events enlist groundbreaking artists from the U.S. and all over the world. A gift of $500 significantly contributes to the cost of travel and accommodations for an artist to present at the D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival or events in the season at the Kennedy Center. Four free tickets accompany your donation to a Washington, D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival performance and free entry for four to a ticketed Hip-Hop event at the Kennedy Center.
$100 Fund a Student to Participate in the Journal to Journey Program | Help keep our education programs free of charge. Our programs reach a range of youth who would otherwise not have access to visual arts and performance instruction. Hi-ARTS creates innovative educational performance opportunities. Journal to Journey pairs students with writing mentors, directors and choreographers to produce original works. The programs culminate in a public performance. A gift of $100 gives you four tickets to Journal to Journey’s public performance along with select seating.
$50 Help Subsidize Tickets for the Next Generation of Artists | In order to ensure our performances are available to all, we offer $10 tickets for students. However, this covers only a portion of the expenses associated with producing new work. A gift of $50 helps makes theater and performance accessible to 5 young people attending one of our main stage productions.
$25 Spread Love the Hi-ARTS Way | In return for a $25 dollar gift you will know that your support helped urban arts thrive. This contribution makes you dope and is accompanied by repeated shout outs and props from the organization.
Our work is made possible through the generous support of the following and people like you.