Keeping students engaged in the classroom, in 2021, can be difficult一especially as we're in the era of virtual learning. However, one local organization is working to shift the landscape of academics.
Reading With a Rapper (RWAR), the non-profit founded in 2018, blends the gap of culture and classroom by using video content and technology for the subject ‘ELA,’ and correlating it to socially conscious lyrics from recording artists. Pre-pandemic, the organization launched its campaign, “Turn Texas Yellow” to get the program in as many Texas schools as possible.
“RWAR has done so many wonderful things in education that people may not know about,” says RWAR co-founder Douglas Johnson. “It’s important for people to know where we’ve come from in order to understand where we are headed.”
Through their efforts, the organization has reached over 30,000 students and educators and has partnered with multiple school districts, including Aldine ISD and Yes Prep Public Schools.
Now, RWAR is opening its own pop-up gallery.
Installations will include immersive displays of the non-profit's impactful interactions and accomplishments with youth, students, educators, and community leaders. According to the initiative’s co-founder Jarren Small, the exhibition will help “tell the story of how we can be more innovative when it comes to how our youth learns today.” In addition, RWAR Museum will also host a presentation from Super Bowl Champion Martellus Bennet, which will feature his new children’s book, “Dear Black Boy.”
For the opening event, the brand will present their new Nike collaboration introducing the limited edition RWAR Pollen OG Jordan 1’s.
The sneakers will feature RWAR’s signature yellow color along with the brand’s “R” symbol. During the organization's sneaker mixer on Tuesday, August 31, two lucky raffle ticket winners will be able to walk away with a pair of the lemon-colored soles.
The RWAR MUSEUM will run for two weeks at Ronin Art House starting this Tuesday, August 31. Attendees can enjoy self-guided tours, a documentary screening, and a Q&A with the founders, Small, and Johnson.
Ronin Art House, 3501 Harrisburg. Open daily to the public through Saturday, September 12, 2021. For tickets, visit here.