Hi-ARTS (formally known as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival) is a leading organization within the urban arts movement who's mission is to develop and produce new works of performance and visual arts; to provide a platform for artists; and to create educational and community programs that connect to and expand the audience for urban arts. Located at the center of creative and community practice in El Barrio’s Artspace PS109, Hi-ARTS engages arts and culture both locally and nationally.
For over a decade, the Hip-Hop Theater Festival has presented hundreds of artists and performances around the country by, for and about the Hip-Hop generation. More often than not this art is imbued with a sense of urgency for social justice. The Festival has also served as an early home for emerging artists, many of whom are now surfacing as household names. With the advent of Hi-ARTS as its new home, the Hip-Hop Theater Festival is poised to grow beyond a festival, into new realms of artistic creation, advocacy and service to artist and the communities they serve.