In partnership with the JJC, The bART is launching a program that serves some of Tulsa’s most at-risk kids: those in the juvenile justice system. Twice a week beginning the week of September 14, Tulsa hip-hop artist 1st Verse (Derek Clark) will bring his talents and experience to the Center for a class on songwriting for kids ages 10-17, engaging them in elements of music-making such as song structure, working with rhythm, the syntax and flow of rhymes, wordplay, and self-reflection.
The goal of the program is to give kids in detention an opportunity to experience the empowerment and personal growth that comes from making music. Verse’s class will explore technical aspects of hip-hop lyricism as a means for students to harness their creativity and personal expression.
1st Verse (Derek Clark @1stverse) bio written by Damion Shade, contributing writer, Tulsa People:
Rapper, beatmaker, and recording artist 1st Verse hails from a flourishing hip hop scene erupting in the most improbable place, the American Southwest in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa is the home of the historic Black Wall Street, one of the wealthiest Black communities of the 20th century which was destroyed by the single largest act of racial violence in American history on June 30th, 1921.