Rap Lessons: Bridging Race, Arts, and Placemaking

Presented by USC Visions and Voices

Jan 16, 6pm

Wallis Annenberg Hall Forum


R.A.P. Lessons: Bridging Race, Arts, and Placemaking

Organized by USC Roski Professor Suzanne Lacy and Annenberg Associate Professor Taj Frazier

Monday, January 22 through Thursday, February 28, 2019
Hours: Tuesdays only, 10am - 1pm and 4 - 7pm

Opening Reception and Discussion
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
6 to 7 p.m: Reception
7 to 9 p.m.: Panel Discussion

Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN), Forum
3630 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Admission is free. Reservations required for the opening reception and discussion. 

USC Students, Staff, and FacultyRSVP
General PublicRSVP

“One guiding principle [of Question Bridge] is that quite a lot is revealed when you are asked to pose what, for you, is a meaningful question….a question reveals what you don't know, what you are willing to discover and also assumptions that may or may not be self-evident.” —Chris Johnson

Join us for the opening night of R.A.P. Lessons: Bridging Race, Arts, and Placemaking, a six-week video exhibition throughout Wallis Annenberg Hall, with performative and curricular interventions between schools and with community partners. A conversation with artists Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas and Annenberg associate professor Taj Frazier will explore the links between art, pedagogy, and social change. The event will be presented as part of USC's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Awareness Week (January 14-19) and will be live streamed on Facebook.

The public exhibition is inspired by Question Bridge: Black Males, an innovative transmedia project that uses video to facilitate a conversation among Black men from diverse backgrounds. Question Bridge started in 1996 when Johnson facilitated questions from one segment of the Black community, those who lived in the “hood,” to another segment, “well-off” Black people living outside of the “hood,” through videotaped interviews. The project evolved In 2007 with the involvement of artists Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith, and Kamal Sinclair to focus on Black males specifically. Question Bridge: Black Males has been internationally exhibited and a high school curriculum is being piloted in multiple school districts across the country.

Question Bridge will be reinvented for the USC community through R.A.P. Lessons, which will provide a platform for community partners, faculty, and students to create their own “Question Bridges” as live or social media engagements exploring issues of race and identity. Under the direction of Johnson, students from Roski and Annenberg classes will create their own work, and satellite partnerships will be facilitated through the ongoing community work of USC RAP (Race, Arts, and Placemaking) faculty.