Dilla Youth Day 2015 Will Offer Hands-On Tech Workshops For Kids

The legacy of beloved Detroit rapper and producer J. Dilla will be celebrated  on Sunday, Feb. 8, with a busy day of events for young people at the Charles H. Wright Museum.

Dilla co-founded the hip-hop group Slum Village in the 1990s and later worked with luminaries like the Roots, Erykah Badu and De La Soul. He passed away in 2006 from complications related to Lupus.

The Wright Museum celebration is part of a yearly tradition known as Dilla Youth Day held in honor of the legendary recording artist’s birthday.

“This year we’ve partnered with The Charles H Wright Museum to bring you this compelling hands-on program that will inspire young learners in the S.T.E.A.M. (STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) disciplines by connecting youth to technologies in order to help them realize the creative potential of cutting-edge hardware and software tools,” says Piper Carter of the Foundation of Women in Hip-Hop, which is sponsoring the event. “Also, we’re connecting Detroit’s Best Music Producers & Community Leaders with youth to teach them not only the techniques and equipment but also the history of the Dilla Production Style in order to preserve this culture of Hip Hop”

Dilla Youth Day runs from 1 to 8 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

* 1 to 5 p.m.: compelling hands-on workshops that will inspire young learners in the S.T.E.A.M. (STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) disciplines by connecting youth to technologies in order to help them realize the creative potential of cutting-edge hardware and software tools. Also, we’re connecting Detroit’s Best Music Producers & Community Leaders with youth to teach them not only the techniques and equipment but also the history of the Dilla Production Style in order to preserve this culture of Hip Hop.

* 6 to 8 p.m.: Performances by youth from around the state of Michigan.

Adult attendees will be able to participate in workshops with Murad Erzinclioglu, CJAM’s Music Director, on how to get music onto independent radio and  Lisa Regalla on creating Maker Spaces and teaching STEAM education in community spaces.

There is no cost to youth or youth groups to attend. Youth day is sponsored by The J DILLA Foundation, The Charles H Wright Museum, Whole Foods, D.I.M.E. (Detroit Institute of Music Education), Foundation Management LLC, CJAM, Allied Media Projects, Music Industry Academy, The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, Detroit Future Schools, Detroit Future Youth, The Heru Organization, Modern Evolution, CJAM, Motor City Rockerz and DetroitRap.com.

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