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 fifteen years of Hi-ARTS’ work in our new, permanent home at El Barrio's Artspace PS109.
$ 2,500 Sponsor a One Week “Critical Breaks” Artist Residency | Our signature artist in residence program, Critical Breaks, gives essential time and space for artist(s) to focus on developing new work. Critical Breaks provides artists with collaborative input from a dramaturge, director and other collaborators as well as 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."
$ 1,000 Fund One Week of a Hi-ARTS Gallery Exhibit | Help fund a new exhibition in the Hi-ARTS Gallery. Our gallery provides artists with the opportunity to create exhibitions that reflect the breadth of urban culture while making it accessible to local communities and beyond. Our exhibitions have explored topics as diverse as photography of East Harlem in the 1980s in Joseph Rodriguez’s, Mi Gente, to illustrations from the graphic novel, The Art of Making DMC Released. Your contribution brings the range of our exhibition programming to life. Your gift brings with it two framed signed exhibition prints and two tickets to related gallery talks and public programs. Contributors will be credited in program as “Friend of the Gallery."
$ 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.
$250 Increase Educational Opportunities For Black Book Master Class Students |Hi-ARTS’ visual art experiences are led by the highest level of instruction. Black Book Master Class pairs students with accomplished teaching artists and graffiti style masters to create their own modern day masterpieces and a gallery exhibit respectively. Your gift helps subsidize fees for materials and instruction for Hi-ARTS’ Black Book Master Class program. Your $250 contribution includes an invitation to special Friends, Family and Supporters Exhibit Reception and set of 10 Black Book Master Class graffiti inspired greeting cards.
$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.
Hi-ARTS and the Hip-Hop Theater Festival are made possible through generous support from
DC Commission on Arts and Humanities
National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC)
New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)
New York City Council
The Dramatist Guild
and individual supporters like you.
Hi-ARTS (HHTF) is a Round Six recipient of the New Generations Program, funded by Doris Duke Charitable Trust/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communication Group, the national organization for American Theatre.