Elementz is an urban oasis of hope and a catalyst of change for Cincinnati’s inner-city youth. What began as a way to get kids off the streets in 2001 has transformed into a thriving Urban Arts Center that fosters talent, ignites potential and inspires possibilities. Elementz helps build dreams, and brighter futures.
Our Vision for Cincinnati’s inner-city youth is “to be a catalyst of transformation for children in the urban core, enabling them to find their artistic voice, engage in community, learn to give back, and carve a path for a successful future”.
Elementz was founded and is supported by community stakeholders – from various ethnicities, backgrounds and careers – who believe in Cincinnati’s youth, and the power of music, poetry and art to positively impact our youth. Included are artists, teachers and mentors who encourage self-discovery, creative expression and individual passion. Because of wide community support, we give kids the respect and support they need to believe in themselves and in their community.
- We treat all people with respect
- We believe in the creative and leadership potential of youth
- We encourage innovation to create programs of relevance to young people
- We strive to create a culturally relevant environment that encourages a sense of family and personal validation
- We value the use of hip hop culture as a way to encourage self expression, personal growth and improve student achievement.
- We develop connections for our youth with credible, supportive adults who identify with the culture of our youth.
- We believe in bringing young urban artists into the mainstream of arts and culture in Cincinnati
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