The Hip Hop Architecture Camp kicked off this Saturday. Thanks to our local media partner, Madison365 for their coverage. The Hip Hop Architecture Camp is an initiative of The Urban Arts Collective and its mission is to effectively engage youth and encourage them to explore careers in architecture and urban planning.
The sound of 36 kids clapping once loudly in unison reverberates through the small program room at Madison’s Central Library on Saturday afternoon.
Michael Ford, a Madison College professor, stands at the front of the room imploring all in attendance to clap once if they hear him. Then, assured that he had the entire room’s attention, he tells everyone to clap twice if they still hear him.
Ford is addressing a group of predominantly minority kids and their parents about a topic that perhaps doesn’t get much airtime in such communities: Architecture.