Tampa Hip-Hop Architecture Camp seeks underwriters

You can pitch in for the innovative initiative on April 6.

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The Hip Hop Architecture Camp uses the lens of music to introduce East Tampa youth to architecture, urban planning, creative placemaking and economic development.

The weeklong camp — whose national initiatives have been featured on Oprah Winfrey Network, the Today Show, VIBE, NPR, FADER, Time magazine and Rolling Stone — pairs students with architects, urban planners, designers, community activists and hip-hop artists to create unique visions for their communities. Activities include the creation of physical models, digital models and the production of a hip-hop architecture track and music video summarizing their designs.

The camp also costs money, since it's free to the 40 students who’ll be selected to attend.

That’s why the nonprofit Tampa Bay Foundation for Architecture and Design (TBFAD) is staging a benefit “White Party” at CAVU in Tampa Heights (the guests will wear all white), where just 100 guests will each pay $100 to attend. Throwback rock group Jim Morey Band will provide the music on April 6, but attendees can feel good knowing that the proceeds from the open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres from Saltblock are going to help underwrite the cause.

There’s also a BOGOHO deal, which means two people can go for $150.

This year’s Tampa camp will be held from June 10-14; selected applicants will also be supplied lunch and all materials related to camp at no extra cost.

“There will be an application process through the Tampa Bay Foundations for Architecture and Design once location has been finalized and Hip Hop Architecture program organizer is on board,” TBFAD board member Tiara Rubio told CL.

More information on the event is available via tbfad.com. Anyone interested in volunteering should visit hiphoparchitecture.com.

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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