Mar 9 – Mar 19 // Artist in Residence
Home City: Philadelphia, PA/ Global
AISHA FUKUSHIMA is a Singer, Speaker, Educator, and ‘RAPtivist’ (rap activist). Fukushima founded RAPtivism (Rap Activism), a hip hop project spanning 20 countries and four continents, amplifying universal efforts for freedom and justice. She is a multilingual, multiracial African American Japanese woman who has done lectures and performances everywhere from the United States to France, Morocco, Japan, Germany, England, South Africa, Senegal, India, Denmark and beyond. Fukushima’s ‘RAPtivism’ work has been featured on Oprah Magazine, TEDx, KQED Public Television, The Seattle Times, TV 2M Morocco, The Bangalore Mirror, HYPE, South Africa’s #1 Hip Hop Magazine, and others.
As a public speaker, Fukushima combines the art of performance and lecture. In her speeches, she links themes such as hip hop, global citizenship, empowerment, feminism and cultural activism with live musical performance. She was the first non-Native person to deliver a keynote address at Montana’s 2012 Schools of Promise Conference for Indigenous youth and has presented at such diverse venues as Stanford University, Yale Law School, Duke University, the National Conference On Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS) conferences, UMass Amherst, TEDxSitka, TEDxBend, TEDxWhitman, TEDxUWCCR, Rock The School Bells, Osaka University, among others.
While in residency, Fukushima will work on retooling her toolkit and generate new materials for her RAPptivism programming in collaboration with Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit of the Flobots based on their “No Enemies” program. The aim is to develop scalable material which could serve both our community here in Fort Collins and be adapted to travel with her. Fukushima will also work on developing new music and focus on production and vocal elements for live performance with the same considerations. Fukushima will co-facilitate a pilot-workshop with Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit of the Flobots at Colorado State University’s LEAP Institute to test their new materials.
Connect with Aisha: http://aishafukushima.com/
Find your Place in Music Podcast Episode 2: Building Community
Learn techniques to move your audience emotionally and socially with global teaching artists, Aisha Fukushima, founder of Raptivism, and Alia Goldfarb, applied performance facilitator and Community Coordinator at the Music District. These women have carved their own non-traditional entrepreneurial performing arts careers to create breakthrough moments for their students and inspire self and societal growth. The conversation was recorded March 16th, 2019 as part of The Music District’s Community Residency Program in Fort Collins, Colorado. Recorded by Redstone Sound.