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Making Remixed: Exploring Hip-Hop Culture through Making

Dr. Michael Dando
Lakeview Library

Making Remixed: Exploring Hip-Hop Culture through Making
Come learn about the history, artistry, and creativity that makes up the world’s most popular art form. We’ll be exploring hip-hop culture’s various aspects, or “pillars” including rap, beat making, graffiti, and fashion by creating our own original pieces of hip-hop art! We’ll be learning the basics of lyric writing, beatmaking, logo production, digital media, screen printing and a whole lot more.

Most importantly though, we’ll be working with hip-hop’s most fundamental aspect “knowledge of self” as we learn about the value of community, personal identity, and self expression through hip-hop culture. No experience or expertise needed! Please join us as we create beats and bars with a message!


Dr. Michael Dando is an award winning producer, artist, educator, and scholar who studies hip-hop culture and education. His work emphasizes the significance of youth and hip-hop culture as a means of self-expression and social engagement. As a classroom teacher of over 20 years, he believes that engaging students on their cultural turf is vital to the pursuit of academic standards and excellence as well as for critical thinking skills.
He has shared his passion for hip-hop and education with national and international audiences, has published scholarly articles on the subject, and has had his work featured by multiple media outlets including CNN, CBS, The Today Show, and the South by Southwest Music Festival. He also works with many local organizations in and out of school including the Urban Community Arts Network, UW-Madison, The Hip-Hop Architecture Initiative, and The Urban Arts Collective.
His most recent projects include developing hip-hop educational opportunities in collaboration with international collection of hip-hop artists as well as the Universal HipHop Museum and with The Smithsonian Institution on their Anthology of Hip-Hop exhibit.


Mondays from 2:30-4pm, no registration necessary
11/13  HIP-HOP 101: Come learn about the foundations of hip-hop culture and its growth into an international phenomenon. Additionally, you’ll make your own “history of hip-hop” chronicling your own story
11/20  INTRO TO BEATMAKING: We’ll be using GrarageBand to learn about the essential components to making a beat including sampling and looping
11/27  RHYMES: Essential components to writing a rap verse will be our goal. We’ll learn about rhyme scheme, wordplay, punchlines, and other vital elements to crafting a great verse.
12/4  RECORDING: We’ll be taking time to learn about how to properly record your rhymes and produce your beats. You’ll have time to craft the perfect piece and learn about how to share it effectively. Our music will even be featured on the Library’s main website!
12/11  GRAFFITI: After learning about the founding artists of the graffiti or urban art movement which includes the famed Jean Michele Basquiat, we’ll explore different graffiti styles including: Tags, Stencils, Blocks, Slaps and more! We’ll even get a chance to practice on the windows!
12/18 FLYERS & PUBLICITY: Find out how to get your message out to the public by creating your own flyer and publicity materials using Canva and Adobe Spark. Learn about creating digital media to express your own ideas and identity using effective and simple tools.
NOTE: 1/22  and 1/29 workshops have been canceled. We hope to plan new workshops in the coming year!

The funds supporting this project and other traveling Artist-in-Residence artists is provided by the Friends of Madison Public Library. 

The funds supporting this project and other traveling Artist-in-Residence artists is provided by the Friends of Madison Public Library.