Our curriculum rests on four fundamental pillars:
Connection to Body
Connection to Self
Passion to Action
Connection to Others
Connection to Mind
At MEMO, our mission is to celebrate and utilize Hip Hop as an engine for self-empowerment, collective healing, and social change amongst youth in Madison, WI and beyond. We further aim to ensure that all of our services are accessible and affordable for any interested youth by operating on a low cost and/or volunteer basis.
For years, the Madison area has maintained a broken relationship with Hip Hop culture, much in part due to racial injustice and segregation. Despite their inaccuracy, claims that the hip hop scene draws a violent and dangerous crowd have run rampant, further stigmatizing and alienating communities of color and thus, reinforcing systemic racism and inequality.
Furthermore, Hip Hop dance has long been appropriated by communities across the world who continue to ignore it's history and incredibly rich Black and Brown roots. The style's original purpose, to serve as a tool for self-expression and change, has been diminished by a lack of understanding of and appreciation for it's legacy.
At MEMO, we believe that only by garnering an awareness and celebration of Hip Hop's legacy, can the true power of Hip Hop and it's use as a medium for self-expression and change be unleashed.