The Arts Greenhouse empowers Pittsburgh teens to write and record their own music. An arts education program supported by the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University, the Arts Greenhouse attracts students from high schools and middle schools throughout Pittsburgh. Every week, these students come to CMU to create their own hip hop music.
The Arts Greenhouse helps young people express themselves and grow as artists, creative writers, students, and citizens. At the heart of the program is the educational potential of hip hop, an art form that blends creative writing with multiple musical genres. I became involved in the Arts Greenhouse because I believe in the power of art to help young people grow personally and academically, but also because I have a family connection to hip hop. Before he died, my brother was a hip hop artist known as XL. You can read more about my brother, and his inspiration in my life, on the biography page. If you would like to know more about the Arts Greenhouse, please feel free to contact me, check out the program’s website, or watch this music video produced by high school students in the program.