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Cultural activist Mic Crenshaw to present Arts Summit closing keynote

Sept. 18, 2017
Mic Crenshaw at EchoPlex live.
Arts Summit Spotlight
Closing Keynote: Mic Crenshaw as cultural activist 
From confronting white supremacist gangs to helping disadvantaged youth in Central Africa, Mic Crenshaw has always used his art to effect positive change. He will share his stories of transformation and impact as the closing keynote for the 2017 Oregon Arts Summit on Friday, Oct. 6: "Creating Impact: Art and Civic Engagement."  
A Chicago-born poet and emcee, Mic is a self-proclaimed cultural activist who fell in love with music as a boy in Minneapolis. The gangs he confronted were a growing part of the area's hard-core music scene. He eventually chose to escape the violence and moved to Portland, where he quickly became one of the Northwest's most respected artists and launched community efforts with both local and international impact.
In addition to his highly acclaimed work in spoken work and Hip Hop, Mic co-founded GlobalFam, a non-profit (Education WithOut Borders) project to create and maintain a computer center for disadvantaged youth in Burundi, Central Africa.  
More than 400 young people have since received free training and the center is expanding, generating revenue and creating jobs. It's also launched a music label supporting social justice activism. 
Mic Crenshaw preforms live in at Germany's Bibo Festival..
Registration for the Oregon Arts Summit is $95. Scholarships are available; the deadline to apply for Arts Summit scholarships is Friday, Sept. 29. Student tickets are available for $25. Apply for a scholarship, register or learn more about the Arts Summit here.   
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