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Lavie Raven

Lavie Raven is a social studies and language arts instructor at Kenwood Academy (a Chicago public high school), and the Minister of Education for the University of Hip-Hop. Having taught in the school system for ten years and done community arts work for seventeen years, Raven has created strategies for applying hip-hop as community service and classroom education. He has worked with youth on many community hip-hop arts programs and social justice projects, for groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Pogranizce (Borderlands Project), the Southwest Youth Collaborative, the Chicago Park District, the University of Chicago, the Chicago Public Schools, and numerous other organizations. Raven has also done community mural projects in Sejny, Poland; Oakland, California; Alert Bay British Columbia; and Pine Ridge, South Dakota. As one of the founders of the University of Hip-Hop, a multi-disciplinary school of the street arts, Raven helped to create a dozen charter branches that serve youth across the city of Chicago and throughout the nation. As a certified teacher of social studies and English, grades 7-12, Raven has taught courses in World Studies, African-American History, Argument and Debate, and English, levels I-IV. In his experience as an educator Raven has assisted youth in addressing issues of social justice through the public arts and community service-learning projects. As a mural artist he has worked with youth to create murals that have been displayed at museums, cultural centers, and community organizations. Raven provides youth with a multi-disciplinary approach toward life that holistically engages their academic skills, celebrates their talents and artistic abilities, and empowers his students’ desires to bring positive change to society. In his work for local, national, and international communities, Lavie Raven continually strives to spearhead unconventional and prolific youth empowerment projects in and out of the classroom.

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Evolve , unknown

by Latasha Hill; Erin Robins; Weston Thomson; Jennifer Reilly; Hugo Zamorano; Lavie Raven; Kaitlan McDermott


Mediums: Mural, Aerosol, Latex

Owner: Kent Bellows Studio and Foundation

Series: Kent Bellows Studio Murals

Additional Information: With a dynamic vision for Omaha’s future and a unique and versatile curriculum model, The Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts is proud to encourage the development of inspired, engaged citizens dedicated to their community. At Kent Bellows, high school students of all backgrounds take classroom techniques to the next level. They develop their own intensive course of study, setting personal goals and overcoming creative obstacles. While working hands-on up to 20 hours a month with the finest professional artists in the metro, our students build critical thinking and problem-solving skills, tenacity, and a lifelong drive for innovation. Mentor: Lavie Raven Young Artists: Latasha Hill, Jenn Reilly, Hugo Zamorano, Kaitlan McDermott, Erin Robins and Weston Thomson

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