"You can't spell Community without Unity"
VISION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Hip-Hop Culture has been along standing social justice institution and way of life since it's founding, and we use Hip Hop as a vehicle that preserves, historicizes, critiques, challenges, studies, and learns from past and contemporary social movements. Project 401 feels that through this study, we can better move towards a peaceful, equitable, and humane existence, which is our ultimate goal. Through honest and authentic self-expression based on Hip-Hop's four elements (Emceeing/Rapping, Breaking, Deejaying, and Graffiti) and it's often underestimated intellectual penchant, Project 401 helps individuals and communities improve upon their personal and collective critical analysis of the social, political, and economic realities of our changing world. Project 401 feels that this ultimately will help lead to crafting an impactful response and challenge to the seemingly insurmountable results said factors formulate, and will further the amelioration of suffering by all oppressed peoples throughout the world. The indispensable skills and thought processes acquired, refined, and nurtured in safe spaces such as the one Project 401 facilitates, grants Hip-Hop Culture the ability to continue to innovate, (re)assert, and (re)contextualize itself at the forefront of the larger social justice framework.
Project 401 is a grassroots Hip-Hop collective, whose members and affiliates utilize Hip-Hop Culture to engage with communities and relay positive social messages to youth. Starting off with 3 core members in 2010, Project 401 expanded its roster to an extended 18-person collective with 6 core members. In addition to a full year of programming work, Project 401 is also a performance group, and have for the past few years consistently averaged one community event per week.
Project 401 was officially established in 2010 by Jose “Facce” Maldonado and Pierre Arreola. The original purpose behind Project 401's coalescence was to address the lack of unification in the local BBoy/ Bgirl scene and to support the preservation of the BBoy (breaking) element in the larger Rhode Island Hip-Hop community, which was suffering during previous years a decline in representation and visibility. The desire and motivation by early Project 401 members to expand and evolve Bboy (breaking) culture in their local communities was conducive to collaborations with various nonprofits and coalitions, and over time the mission has grown considerably. Now, in addition to our work supporting the RI Bboy scene, our work also has grown to include the advocacy of pressing social issues, the curation of authentic Hip Hop events, the organizing free open Hip Hop practice sessions throughout the Providence area, and the development and creation of exceptional Hip-Hop education programming throughout the Rhode Island school system.
PEACE, LOVE, UNITY
AND HAVING FUN
The Partnership for Providence Parks (The Partnership) will act as the fiscal sponsor for Project 401
The Partnership for Providence Parks is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that works in partnership with the Providence Department of Parks + Recreation.