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"No Sleep Till Harvard" - A Special Benefit Concert

Friday, October 16 at 7:30 pm
Idea Center at Playhouse Square
1375 Euclid Avenue at East 14th Street
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth age 18 and under.

Progressive Arts Alliance (PAA) is pleased to announce that the PAA All-Stars student group will perform and present at Harvard University in October.  The PAA All-Stars consists of students from the annual RHAPSODY Hip-Hop Summer Arts Camp, which was recently highlighted in the World Almanac for Kids as a featured “fun camp.” All youth in the group are from the Greater Cleveland area.

Students will perform at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Continuing the Conversation: Building Community conference that will convene an international audience of Arts In Education Harvard alumni. PAA Executive Director and Founder Santina Protopapa is among the Harvard alumni who will be at the event.  Students will also perform at other sites in Boston and will visit other youth arts education programs.  Sites include the Berklee College of Music, The Flagship Intel Clubhouse at The Museum of Science, Boston, and the worldwide headquarters of

Students will share the stage with Jahi, an international hip-hop emcee originally from Cleveland, who is among the professional artist-educators at PAA.  For over ten years, Jahi has worked with youth using hip-hop in education in addition to touring nationally and internationally with groups such as Public Enemy, Blackalicious, and Nobody Beats the Beats, among others. His lyrics are best described as socially conscious. 

The PAA All-Stars and Jahi will perform at a special benefit concert to raise funds for their trip to Harvard University and Boston.  The concert will feature original music and dance the students will showcase in Boston.  The benefit concert, “No Sleep Till Harvard,” will be held at the Idea Center at Playhouse Square, on Friday, October 16 at 7:30 pm.  The Idea Center is located at 1375 Euclid Avenue at East 14th Street.  Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for youth age 18 and under. 

PAA is also seeking individuals and local businesses that are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to help underwrite the students’ trip.  The cost to sponsor a students’ entire trip is $750. Call 216-772-4722 for more information or click on the link below to make a donation securely online.

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The PAA All-Stars, a group of emerging, young professional artists from PAA’s annual camp, opened for legendary hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash at the 2007 Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology in Cleveland.  The group has also performed at the Annual Meeting of The Cleveland Foundation and has also made appearances at Cleveland City Hall, the Ohio Independent Film Festival, and the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio in addition to performing at the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.  Members of the group include Demetrius Camp, Rolanda Carter, Robert Crump, Shutha Dejarnette, Tyler Drummer, Tristen Hall, Connor Musarra, Eric Solomon, and Ray Smith.


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