August 13, 2019
Music Reduces Urban Poverty
Lasting solutions to urban poverty span all the way from cradle to career – empowering communities by putting education, families, and community assets at the core. Urban Ventures provides cradle-to-career support for youth and families in one of Minneapolis’ most under-resourced neighborhoods, through music & arts, literacy & academics, farm, and sports.
Mike Brooks (aka BIIG MIIC) is Music Academy Director at Urban Ventures and runs a recording studio there as well. Mike is known on stage and in music as BIIG MIIC, a high-energy hip hop artist and performer who creates music with the power to appeal to broad audiences. His stage presence is dynamic; his sound is unique, inventive and motivational.
This segment features a try-this-at-home/hack/experiment that will enhance listeners’ lives with music. Mike recommends searching online for “open mic near me” and participating, whether as a performer or audience member. Near the Twin Cities? Attend Open Mic Night at The Hub:
How can listeners learn more about Urban Ventures’ work and connect with you?
Guests share a song or story about a moment when music enhanced their life. Listen to an original song, “Millionaire,” by a 5th grade Urban Ventures student. The song was written based on the question, “What would I do if I had $1 million?”
Mike Brooks & Mindy
Mindy to (17-year-old daughter) Adrienne: “I had a blast interviewing this great guy today at Urban Ventures. Here’s a picture of us.”
Adrienne: “Whoa, Mom’s hangin’ with the cool kids!”
Mindy: “Don’t act so surprised.” ;^)