Together, Musician’s and multiple organizations will host an educational and interactive FAMILY EVENT that brings the community together for a unique and unforgettable experience!
Offering a little something for everyone. This year’s Sustainability Awareness Festival features interactive booths such as Composting/Gardening, Turntables/Beat-making, Art/Music & Leadership and has expanded the musical entertainment lineup to include a local youth musicians showcase that is sure to WOW. The mixed genres include: folk and rock along with the great family friendly hip-hop the Auburn Hip Hop Congress is known for.
With record setting droughts and the rising cost of food, environmental impact is an ever increasing issue in today’s world. Through this event, the Auburn Hip Hop Congress hopes to share the tools and resources needed to protect our environment.
“We believe that by bringing all of these different groups together, we are working towards a stronger, healthier (more-connected) community. And THIS is a day that we have designed, exactly for that reason!” - Rocky Zapata
Proceeds from this event support the “Writing and Reciting~ Healing Through Written and Spoken Word” program, a free weekly writing workshop for teens and young adults, held every Thursday at the Auburn Placer County Library, Beecher Room, 4pm-6pm.
"Give Thanks- Awards Ceremony" honors youth and teachers who are making a difference in our community! To nominate a teacher, youth, organization or business making a difference please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event takes place in November. Date TBA.
A Native of Auburn CA, Natalie Pohley has been and become a household name in the community in which she lives over the past few years. When it comes to the old motto, “it takes a village to raise a child”, she not only exemplifies that for her very own family, but for the entire community as a whole. She is the Co-Founder and Community Youth Organizer of the Auburn Hip Hop Congress. A program that has proudly changed the name and face of hip hop culture in her small town forever! “In Auburn when you say hip hop, doors open everywhere, this is not by accident”, she says! Passionate about community building, she loves developing programs, ideas, events that will pull the community together and give the youth and artists a voice. She is the co-creative mind behind many of the innovative programs in the community such as: Make a Difference Camp, Urban Arts, Auburn Hip Hop Congress Ambassador & Leadership Training, Artist Development, and Writing and Reciting~ Healing Through the Written and Spoken Word series of workshops. Natalie is a visionary whose hopes and drive are to empower our youth and help them realize their dreams, she supports the youth in their ventures to develop as artists, performers, entrepreneurs, event planners, community organizers, workshop teachers and so much more. She has an immense amount of passion for the young people in her community. As a true community building block she helps feed the creative parts of an artist’s soul and is a motivator to others to keep moving forward.
J ROSS PARRELLI, a beautiful definition of successful Indie Artist, conscientious emcee and a fearless free-styling lyricist. Universal/ MI5 Recording artist, J Ross Parrelli is a world traveling sensation. You can find her hosting the Northwest World Reggae Festival, on the Independent Hip Hop Stage at Van’s Warped Tour, and Guest Speaking and performing at Leadership Conferences from Europe to Africa, Hawaii to New York. With her global community work and growing interest in the education system and reform, she has co-founded BEATS LYRICS LEADERS and co-created a Hip Hop Curriculum that is now being piloted with youth everywhere; in schools, after school music programs, foster youth gatherings and on Native Reservations. The combination of her unique musical talent and passion for empowering the next generation is infections and making a difference with everyone from at-risk youth to aspiring young artists, using Hip Hop education to change the world
Artist Teacher and Poet, Drums, Pottery & Ceramics, Spoken Word Poetry
Stan Padilla is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator and cultural artist with disciplines including drawing, painting, muralism, and jewelry making. He has exhibited his work internationally with works included in prominent collections. As an educator he has been a longtime consultant in Indian education programs, as an art instructor at Sierra College, community and cultural centers.
He has been an artist in residence in community schools for over ten years with the California Arts Council. He is associated with the International Waldorf education movement.
The Sierra Nevada is an inspiration for his artwork and life. He is an interpretive guide for the Sutter Buttes, on the advisory board of the Maidu Interpretive Center and leads groups to the American River Tours in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. In cultural exchange programs he has travelled to Russia, Canada, Mexico, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Born in 1945, Padilla is of Yaqui Indian and Mexican/Chicano heritage. A Placer County Arts Council recognizes Padilla as an artist/mentor of “All Colors of the Earth Wisdom Project”.
Chris Owens is self-proclaimed Hip Hop enthusiast and song writer from Auburn CA. Heavily influenced by the Hip Hop culture; he has been writing songs and poetry for about 9 years and performing them for 5. Over the years Hip Hop has become a powerful outlet, helping him find his own identity along the way. He recognizes this culture as a tool for self-empowerment and is on a mission to pass the torch to other aspiring artists. Over the years his love for word play has taken him many places, such as performing live shows with respected Hip Hop legends, competing in multiple poetry contests, emcee competitions, the Sacramento rap scene and even teaching multiple writing workshops around our community. Looking at Hip Hop as more than a self-empowering tool, but ALL empowering too his mission is to spread positivity in Hip Hop while staying true to the roots of the culture and putting out great music.
The Golden Gloves are a versatile Hip Hop group from Auburn CA. They are not only making some MAJOR musical moves out on the West Coast and beyond. But The Golden Gloves are also making a big difference in their own community. As founding members and participants of Auburn Hip Hop Congress’ Young Artist Development and Education Programs they focus on bridging the gap between youth and adults through the deeply impactful use of self-expression and positive hip hop culture.
Christina Taylor was born in Sacramento, California and raised in Petaluma. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a B.A. in American Multicultural Education Studies with a minor in Psychology and Biology. Christina began dancing at the age of two and has performed with dance teams as well as taught and coordinated performances throughout the years. She began working with youth in High School and continued after college as a Program Coordinator for an after school program for At-Risk youth, always incorporating art as a teaching tool. Christina has worked as a college instructor, substitute teacher, as well as teach and develop art programming. Using creative arts as an enrichment tool for promoting healthy living skills is the key to her innovative approaches facilitating programs with young people.
With 25 years of experience, Michael has worked with youth in a variety of settings. While employed by the City of Sacramento Recreation Department, he planned, facilitated, and coordinated recreational activities and programs as a Recreation Aide and Program Coordinator. Most recently, he serves as the Program Director for Wind Youth Services, an agency that provides services for homeless and at-risk youth ages 11 to 22. In that role, he was responsible for the supervision of the numerous programs that operated at the Wind Center, and provided support, guidance, and leadership to the staff that provided direct service to the youth. The passion that Michael has for developing programs for youth, as well as working directly working with them, is equally matched by his passion for and knowledge of Hip Hop culture. He has been facilitating The Cypher Hip Hop Workshops, a youth empowerment thru Hip Hop culture program, at public schools and other community based programs in the Sacramento area since the spring of 2009.
Elle Beyer is Co-Founder of Free Flow Academy, founding member of Eagle & Hawk PK, and founding member of NeoFlow Parkour. She is a serial entrepreneur, mother of 4, and has a physical fitness background of 14+ years Kung Fu and Martial Arts, and 25+ years of movement arts experience. She also has an entertainment background (under the name Elle Bennett), having traveled the world as a working stunt woman, actress, model, and sports newscaster/journalist. She believes in creating the holistic athlete/artist and growing specific industries that have the potential to fill current needs while promoting overall health, longevity, environmental awareness, community, and humanity. Bruce Lee's teachings heavily influence Elle's philosophies on the learning and growth of an artist. She is an accomplished entrepreneur in terms of social and environmental impact and creating sustainable business plans and models. She is the guiding force behind Free Flow Academy in terms of overall vision, creating additional and sustainable revenue streams, market research analysis, and shaping the industry in a way that has a positive impact that is unique in style, but fundamental in form. Aside from her own companies, she has also worked extensively in the non-profit sector, creating and orchestrating fitness, artistic, and leadership programs for youth, as well as designing and coordinating events, camps, and overall business models and structures to promote cost effective, and affordable programming.
Co-Founder of Zero FOrbidden Goals (ZFG) Artist Teacher, Creative Outlets, Music, Art &Poetry
Visual Artist, Douglas Kleinsmith is student and an incredible young artist from Placer County. His art can be found all throughout our area, on walls and canvases, alike. Douglas has been sought out for a number of community projects, murals and special events. His work has been displayed at local art galleries and has helped raise awareness about Graffiti as an art form and not just something being associated with crime. Specializing in various mediums, ranging from oils & acrylics to aerosols, watercolors & more. Douglas' art so is colorful & engaging.