Arts Discovery
1 Dec

Arts Discovery Educational Series presents

Exploring Hip Hop & Music History with Jonathan Blanchard


Tuesday, December 1 at 9:50am

This interactive program, including Jonathan Blanchard and his band, chronicles the evolution of American music from work songs to hip-hop, exploring all the elements that make up the essence of American music. We will explore the roots of hip-hop music and cultural climates of the past that laid the groundwork for today’s popular music. Participants will be introduced to Mississippi artists who had a hand in shaping American culture through their art like the Staple Singers, Howlin’ Wolf, Elvis Presley, Jimmy Lunsford, Ike Turner and Muddy Waters. Participants will learn about the key aspects of history and how it influenced our music and shaped culture.

Jonathan Blanchard received his Bachelor of Science Degree in commercial music and Master of Science in music education from Tennessee State University. Blanchard conducts programs and residencies celebrating African American Music throughout the United States

Curriculum Connections: Musical Literacy & Response, Contextual Relevancy, Culture, History


Reservation submission begins on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 10:00AM.

All school groups, including homeschools, will reserve tickets to Arts Discovery performances through Eventbrite. You may edit your reservation until the show date to allow for changes in attendance numbers or special needs.

All Durham Public Schools (DPS) reservations will be made by the school-designated Arts Liaison. The Arts Liaison was appointed by each school principal to coordinate this effort. Please contact your principal for further action. Please note: We received funding specifically for a limited number of complimentary tickets for Durham Public Schools students to attend Arts Discovery Educational Series performances. Once the complimentary ticket limit is reached, DPS will be responsible for paying $6/ticket for additional tickets.