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Creative Core

The launch of the Creative Core has allowed WBL to work toward becoming a city wide and eventually a regional Hip-Hop Apprentice Program. The expansion of programming will allow up to track the progress of a wider range of students receiving a wider range of educational and professional development support.

The Core supports the continued development of our students as working artists and entrepreneurs by subsidizing the cost of their performances. The Academy will partner with ANC commissioners (local government) to insure that community festival and block party organizers know about, and book artists who are part of the Words Beats & Life Creative Core. The Core allows WBL apprentices and Master Level artists to provide performances to District Government Agencies, Local Non Profits, Street Festivals, and Block Parties by subsidizing a portion of the cost.

In the second phase of the Cores development, its members will be central in expanding Academy programming into the region. This expansion will take the form of classes/workshops offered in schools, libraries and recreation centers as both stand alone activities and embedded classes in partner organizations.

Our Signature Programs

Alternative Winter BreakAlternative Spring BreakCreating Your Own FutureCreative Economy Career Fair

Alternative Winter Break 2017

Join The Academy at Words Beats & Life for the annual Alternative Winter Break, a three day exploration of the thriving creative communities in the DMV.  

MONDAY (12/18):

  •  Visit to 4D-Art Center

TUESDAY (12/19):

  • Visit to Mousai House
  • Lunch at Union Market


  • Visit to Torpedo Factory
Alternative Spring Break 2017

Words Beats & Life’s Alternative Spring Break aims to inspire Academy Apprentices with a curated tour of six major creative hubs along the East Coast. Students will have the opportunity to visit colleges/universities, cultural institutions, and other aspects of the creative economies in Alexandria, Richmond, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. The participation fee ($20) covers the cost of travel and admission to certain sites. There will be opportunities for students to purchase lunch on their own. For more information, email

The schedule is as follows:
April 17th – April 22nd

All Day Trips Will Meet At St. Stephen’s Church (1525 Newton ST. NW DC 20010) at 9 AM.

SATURDAY (4/15) Baltimore, MD:

  • College Tour – Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Visit to Visionary Museum
  • Creative Alliance Gallery Tour
  • Visit to Protean Records

MONDAY (4/17) Richmond, VA:

  • Visit to the Apple Store
  • College Tour – Center for the Creative Economy @ Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Richmond Mural Project Tour

TUESDAY (4/18) Washington, DC:

  • College Tour – American University
  • Creative Economy Fair @ Busboys & Poets
  • Visit to DC Commission of the Arts
  • Tour of DuPont Underground

WEDNESDAY (4/19) Philadelphia, PA:

  • College Tour – Temple University
  • Lunch @ Reading Terminal Market
  • Fabric Workshop and Museum
  • Visit Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement

THURSDAY (4/20) Arlington, VA

  • College Tour – Art Institute of Washington
  • Torpedo Factory Tour
  • Visit to NoVA Labs

FRIDAY (4/21) New York City, NY:

  • College Tour – Parson’s School of Design
  • Visit to the Andrew Freedman Home
  • Visit to Hi-Arts NYC
  • Visit to Spotify Records

The Create Your Own Future series brings professional artists and and others important to the creative economy to speak with and dedicate time to support our apprentice students’ exploration of creative careers and developing relationships in the creative sector among entrepreneurs, arts managers and educators.

*dates forthcoming* *email for inquiries*

The Creative Economy Career Fair is a bi-annual event for young professionals interested in career opportunities in the creative industries of the Greater Washington area. The events features a myriad of companies, organizations and government agencies that work in the creative industries such as Shaolin Jazz, WPFW Radio, The DC Dept. of Human Services, The Phillips Collection, and more!

The Fair includes panel discussions, meet and greets and a networking session. The Spring Fair is hosted from 11:00AM to 2:00PM at Busboys and Poets, Brookland (4/18). The Fall Fair is hosted from 11:00AM to 2:00PM @ the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (11/2).  Internships are both paid and unpaid.

Free with Resume and RSVP to with the subject “Career Fair”

For College Students (Grad and Undergrad), High School Juniors, Seniors and people with GEDs

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Questions? Call 202-667-1192


TUESDAY Apr. 18th @ Busboys and Poets, Brookland

FRIDAY Nov. 3rd @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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