Academy of Funk

Photo by Marcia Kirton

Photo by Marcia Kirton


For the 3rd year in a row Funk Parade and Knowledge Commons DC have organized a series of intersession talks, discussions and interactive classes with a Funk Parade theme. This year's Academy of Funk explores the Politics, History, and Culture of Funk in DC, Funk Fashion, and U Street History. In addition to the classes, we will be co-hosting a #FunkPowered dance preview with the Kennedy Center at the Millennium Stage.   

All of the classes are FREE but have a limited capacity so please make sure you sign up for a spot ASAP.

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The Hunger Wall Poster and Wheat Pasting Workshop


Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library
1630 7th St. NW 

Inspired by the activism of the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968, which brought over 50,000 protestors to D.C. to demand an end to poverty, the DC Public Library is creating displays of posters by four local activist artists who use art as a tool for resistance and social justice: Nando Álvarez, Adrienne Gaither, and Monolith and Justin Poppe (co-founders of the 411 Collective).

During this FREE workshop for teens ages 11-19, help make a Hunger Wall for The Funk Parade on May 12th! 

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Soka Tribe

Funk Powered Dance Preview

Monday May 7th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW

While Funk Parade features close to 100 local bands during one days it also features dancers, dance collectives and troupes from throughout the city.  This evening we take a trip through time and across cultures to experience a little piece of the vast array of dance performances you can experience at the 2018 Festival. Join us for amazing performances from Soka Tribe and Urban Artistry .

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Politics, History, and Culture of Funk in DC

Tuesday May 8th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Thurgood Marshall Center
1816 12th St. NW

The panel includes prominent members of D.C.’s funk and go-go music scenes, educators, activists, and curators. Panelists will discuss a wide range of topics, including the history of U Street and the significance of funk and go-go in D.C. culture. We invite all people to take part in this insightful lead-up to the fifth annual Funk Parade.

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Fashion as Soft Power

Wednesday May 9th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Local 16
1602 U St. NW

From James Brown’s “Black and Proud” 1968 decision to abandon his signature conk for natural hair to Kiran Gandhi’s decision to “free bleed” at the 2015 London Marathon, fashion, music, and politics have always made powerful statements on the condition of humankind. A panel of experts will explore examples of mainstream and grassroots movements influenced by musical artists who express political views through personal style.

Stick around after the panel discussion to mingle with our panelists and check out fashionable items sold by local DC designers!

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Voices from U Street: 
a Reflection on Decades Past

THURSDAY MAY 10TH, 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Prince Hall Lodge
1000 U St NW (2nd Floor Ballroom)

The Prince Hall Lodge welcomes in the U Street neighborhood and the Funk Parade community for an evening of reflection and discussion about U Street over the decades.

Our esteemed panelists of authors, professors, civil rights leaders and long time U Street residents will share their stories and reflections on a changing neighborhood dealing with gentrification, development and the need to preserve DC's cultural heritage.

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