IN THE ZONE: CYPHERS - The Center for Urban Arts
The Center for Urban Arts is Phoenix’s premiere center to learn, practice, and celebrate urban art forms. We aim to showcase the essence of hip hop culture as a liberating force in our communities. At the Center we teach hip hop, aerosol art, yoga, house, and other styles of movement and art that push the boundaries of urban culture. We take our inspiration from the urban metropolis, and combine cutting edge artistic practice with innovative style. The Center’s vision is to educate students about the history and cultural importance of urban art styles, as well as provide authentic movement techniques and practice. All of our classes use hip hop methodology to liberate students and inspire thought and practice rooted in community, justice, and art engagement.
Unlike other studios, The Center for Urban Arts teaches the foundations, history, and cultural knowledge of all urban art forms to deepen our student’s respect and appreciation for the styles they practice. We believe that responsible artists are those that understand the historical and culture significance of their art form.
The urban arts are inspired by revolutionary tactics from those that live at the margins. From hip hop dance to aerosol art, all styles are rooted in self-expression and bold individual identity. Our classes and culture uphold the traditions and knowledge of each particular form and believe that urban art can be a catalyst for thoughtful change.
At the heart of The Center for Urban Arts is the strong connection to community. We foster deep bonds with our students and teachers, and believe that The Center can be a hub for urban arts culture, youth, students, and teachers to come together to create revolution through cutting edge styles, cultural exchange, and rigorous practice.
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