July 3, 2018 > Mighty4 celebrates community, culture, and art
Mighty4 celebrates community, culture, and art
Submitted By Arthur Barinque
Mighty4 Arts Foundation (M4AF) is celebrating worldwide community, culture, and art at their ?Mighty4 Day 20th Year Anniversary Free Park Jam? on Saturday, July 7. The Mighty4 began as a way to pay homage to the Bay Area hip hop cultural community that supported the organization?s endeavors since its inception in 1998. The annual event has gone global and brings elements of art, music, and dance to celebrate and highlight the global hip hop cultural community and traditions.
After over 15 years of touring the festival to 40 cities worldwide, M4AF acquired non-profit status in 2011 and received an official proclamation from former mayor Mark Green of Union City in 2012. Since then, the M4AF team has been dedicated to preserving history, advancing artistry, and empowering youth through organizing free community events like Mighty4 Day, and providing arts-based programming for youth and families of all ages.
The family-friendly, all-ages park jam at Union City?s Old Alvarado Park will include performances, dance battles hosted by CTA/Freestyle Dance Collective, a mental health discussion panel Q&A hosted by DJ Delrokz, and art stations hosted by East 3 of Hawai?i (www.east-3.com) and Jahnit (www.instagram.com/jahnit/). Free workshops feature Rock Force Crew (Breaking, Style Writing), Scratchpad Worldwide (DJing), and The Bladed Mind (Filipino Martial Arts), and check out the offerings of vendors Color HerStory, Union City Farmers? Market, Always a Student, Mighty 4, and Break 4 Tots.
Paul ?Paulskeee? Ruma, founder and director of Mighty4 Arts Foundation, has had an international impact in over 40 cities worldwide by providing education about hip hop culture through community-based events, classes, workshops, and documentary productions. Paulskeee is an accomplished b-boy dancer who led his group Rock Force Crew to first place at the Battle of the Year world championship of Breakdancing in 1998 and continues to receive numerous international awards. He also continues to educate communities and inspires young people to get involved in social action, civic service, cultural creativity, and self-education. At Saturday?s event, Paulskeee will receive a proclamation from the City of Union City honoring the 35th anniversary of his world championship winning Rock Force Crew.
Mighty4 Appreciation Awards will recognize Rich Qbert Quitevis ISP/ThudRumble (Lifetime Achievement Award), Circle of Fire Crew ? Bay Area/Seattle, Cellski & Deeandroid ? Skratchpad, Fran Boogie Garcia ? Triple Threat DJs, Allison Hueman Tinati (www.HuemanNature.com), and Nate Nevado ? Rock the School Bells.
Mighty4 Day is hosted by RJ Kool Raul, Bas1, and Freestyle Dance Collective with sound provided by Expressions Entertainment. Participating DJs will include DJ Shortkut (Invisibl Skratch Piklz/BeatJunkies/TripleThreatDJs), DJ Lean Rock (Boston, MA ? Floor Lords), DJ Une (Union City ? Mighty4), and DJ Jay Cue (Union City ? Expressions Ent.).
Saturday, Jul 7
10:00 a.m. ? 2:30 p.m.
12 p.m.: Mighty4 Appreciation Awards
Old Alvarado Park
3871 Smith St, Union City