Castilleja kicked off Global Week 2014, "Global Movements: Artists with a Cause," with an action-packed first day. A rousing performance by New Style Motherlode, the Bay Area's first hip hop dance studio, got the girls into gear Monday morning. A series of small-group and ensemble-wide demonstrations delighted students, followed by an opportunity for the girls to ask questions about the artists' backgrounds and how they honed their craft. Next the girls had a chance to get some hands-on experience with hip hop as they broke into smaller groups to learn sample choreography as well as to inaugurate the week's mural project.
Girls wrapped up the afternoon with a conversation with Raeshem Nijhon, a socially conscious filmmaker and producer working as the Series Director and Producer of MTV's Rebel Music, a docu-series about youth, art, and protest around the world. She spoke to students about how to make their voices heard and the importance of staying true to themselves and their social justice beliefs.
Today the girls are starting their morning with a conversation about art and social change with Artist Brett Cook and Executive Director of Stanford's Institute for Diversity in the Arts Jeff Chang. Stay tuned for more news about today's activities!