In August of 2012, Donda’s House Inc. partnered with The ARK of St. Sabina
to launch its pilot program “Got Bars,” and selected the best 30 out of the 500+ applicants, who were 15 -24-years-old to participate in high quality arts instruction. The students took three classes every week for 12 weeks. Che “Rhymefest” Smith
co-taught the Creative Writing Class for two hours each week with certified English Teacher/Executive Director Donnie Smith. The students also took a Health & Wellness and Studio Recording class.
Rhymefest will be performing the night of the event with Chicago’s own live band Zzaje
. Additionally, the participants will be attending the upcoming Yeezus Concert as the special guests of Kanye West
and will be going backstage to meet with the organization’s co-founder and board member.
Smith said, “When I ran for alderman of the 20th Ward in Chicago in 2011, one of the issues that I wanted to tackle was the violence and youth development. Although I did not win the election, the community still needed my support and when I ran, I did it to make a difference and didn’t need the title of alderman to do that. After a conversation with Kanye West, Donda’s House, Inc. was born to honor the educational legacy of Dr. Donda West and to provide a creative venue and community for youth in Chicago.”
Check out Donda’s House, Inc. on Facebook where they are introducing their artists and follow the official twitter @dondashouse. For more information, please contact the organization’s Director Donnie Smith via e-mail at email@example.com.