Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts

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The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, based in Stone Mountain, Georgia, is a performing arts center supported through the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation. The Shakur Center's mission is to provide opportunities for young people through the arts, and offers programs such as drama, dance, and creative writing classes. The organization also runs a Performing Arts Day Camp for youth ages twelve to eighteen.

The center is named in honor of the late American rap artist Tupac Shakur, and was founded by his mother Afeni Shakur.

History[edit]

The center was founded in 1997 by Tupac Shakur's mother Afeni Shakur in response to preserving her son's legacy.[1] It is designed to bring quality arts training to young people including some students that face many social-economic issues such as poverty.[2] Many students have enriched their artistic abilities through this center and some have even received part-time jobs.[3]

In July 1999 the foundation began its first annual summer session of PA camps with twenty campers.[4] The camp continued to grow throughout the years. On June 11, 2005 The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts Peace Garden and visitor centre was opened.[5] The peace garden was designed as a tribute to Tupac Shakur as well as others who have died. In 2006 the music video for the single Pac's Life for the self-titled album was shot at the The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts.[6] Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur also went to Africa in 2006 and fostered a relationship between The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts and The Nelson Mendela foundation.[7]

After 2006 the foundation showed signs of growth as many additional programs were created such as after school programs, dance classes and cultural exchange programs. Fees for these program resemble prices similar to those of joining a local sports league.[8]

The foundation has also held Tupac birthday concert celebrations since 2009.

Programs[edit]

The foundation offers acting, after school and dancing classes. In addition, they offer yearly leadership and arts programs. Recently they have also set up cross cultural exchanges with Japan and South Africa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://tasf.org/about.asp
  2. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=LwIexeXLKecC&pg=PT152&dq=tupac+amaru+shakur+foundation&lr=&cd=11#v=onepage&q=tupac%20amaru%20shakur%20foundation&f=false
  3. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=LwIexeXLKecC&pg=PT152&dq=tupac+amaru+shakur+foundation&lr=&cd=11#v=onepage&q=tupac%20amaru%20shakur%20foundation&f=false
  4. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=Bu6atp8MeBcC&pg=PA152&dq=tupac+amaru+shakur+foundation&lr=&cd=9#v=onepage&q=tupac%20amaru%20shakur%20foundation&f=false
  5. ^ http://tasf.org/news_article.asp?id=67
  6. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIlUNd7suew
  7. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=uQ0EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA66&dq=tupac+amaru+shakur+foundation&lr=&cd=20#v=onepage&q=tupac%20amaru%20shakur%20foundation&f=false
  8. ^ http://tasf.org/

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