City Art Space is a local nonprofit that uses rap music as a tool to teach inner city youth to be confident, respectful, and creative while building local ties.
The program was started in 2016 by Amanda Carter, a former recording artist and teacher.
Carter has used her talents to create a music video on MTV and as a voting member of the Grammys. She took her experience and turned it into a mentorship after seeing a lack of after-school and summer programs for school-age kids in the Harrisburg area.
Now, the program has paired with organizations like The Joshua Center, Dickinson College, The LGBT Center of Central PA, and more.
“We’re engaging now with the community in a positive way, and people have good things to say about the kids,” Carter said.
As students go through Carter’s program, they learn to conceptualize, write, edit and record, and produce a real track.
“They’re learning healthy expression,” she said. “However you’re feeling in your mind or whatever happened, write it down. You don’t need to carry it in your head, write it down get it on paper.”
Through a partnership with Green Room, a Harrisburg-based recording studio, students are able to professionally record their personal music.
“They get a tangible representation of their work in their hands.”
Carter hopes to expand City Art Space and reach more students through local partnerships.
To be able to continue programs and provide more resources, Carter has started a campaign to raise funds: https://ifundwomen.com/projects/city-art-space-youth-center
She hopes to raise $25,000 by the end of the summer.