2020 was a year of change, challenges, and adjustments. It was also a big year for Art as Mentorship as we worked to overcome the challenges brought by COVID. My father used to say necessity is the mother of invention and in that spirit we launched RSA Live, AMERI’KANA, and the Art As Mentorship Lab.
We created AMERI’KANA, a virtual festival with a four-nights of music, conversation and education. The project is growing quickly into partnerships for television and radio broadcasts in conjunction with live streams and podcasts.
Our success was not without its challenges. After coordinating over 60 watch parties of like-minded organizations around the nation, an overzealous bot incorrectly flagged our livestream as airing copywritten material and killed the feed of our final night! Our livestream had peaked at more than 5,200 live viewers and was seen by more than 80,000 viewers overall. We were so excited to be elevating our message, but it was cut short. That said, we’re preparing for a rebroadcast of the content folks missed with some amazing bonus material in 2021, so stay tuned!
We also began construction on “The Lab,” a state-of-the-art multi-media studio designed to help students explore the art of music and video production.
We brought in new mentors including Grammy-winning and nationally renown artists like Cedric Burnside, Flor De Toloache, Kevin Morby, and many others to help teach and inspire our students to pursue their artists passions.
Looking back at 2020, we faced struggles we never could’ve expected. But, what’s important is that we came together and worked to overcome them together.
Now, more importantly, we look forward to the future. Our team has grown and has been working tirelessly to bring new and exciting programming to the table in 2021.
- Completion of “The Lab”
- New and exciting nationally renown mentors
- Launch Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall Rebel Song Academy sessions
- Host two RSA Live Seasons
- AMERI’KANA TV, Radio and Livestream programing
In 2021, we aim to pass the power of song to the next generation and amplify underrepresented voices like we never have before.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for sticking with us through thick and thin. In 2020, we overcame obstacles as an organization, as a country, and as a society. Now, in 2021, we use this shared experience to build a better future by empowering our next generation’s artistic exploration.
Thank you for being a part of the Art as Mentorship Family.
Art as Mentorship