Hip-Hop and Health

HIV information and b-boy jams. Anti-drug messages and basketball clinics. These topics may seem disparate, but it turns out together they’re the perfect subject matter for the all-ages HipHopOsium Art n’ Motion Urban Health Fair today and tomorrow, July 6 and 7, at the Auraria Events Center, 900 Auraria Parkway.

“We’re helping urban youth find the information they need to lead healthy lives,” says Elza Kosmicki of Sisters of Color United for Education, the Denver health organization hosting the event. “And we want to attract young people that may not normally access wellness services.” Hip-hop has always gone hand-in-hand with health: The urban culture was born out of the need to counteract violence and negative social conditions with music, dance, art and athletics.

Find out for yourself at Art n' Motion. You can check out workshops on July 6 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on topics ranging from domestic violence to basketball moves. On July 7 there’s a health fair from 2 to 8:30 p.m., featuring STD screenings, b-boy and b-girl jams and a street ball tournament. Registration is from 10 to 11 a.m. July 6 and 1 to 2 p.m. July 7; donations collected at the health fair will go fund the Sisters of Color United for Education’s ongoing HipHopOsium program and renovations on their new building at 2895 West 8th Avenue. For more information, go to www.myspace.com/artnmotion303 or call 720-244-1017. -- Joel Warner

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