Che had the opportunity to interview Kardinal Offishall as part of his Art Is Power series on Huffington Post, a column where Che Kothari asks artists to succinctly define the power of art.
Ask an artist like Kardinal Offishall to talk within the theme “Art is Power” and then sit back, ’cause you know he’s going to tear it up.
Kardi was one of three keynote speakers kicking off a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Fresh Arts Program, a cultural organization devoted to the empowerment and development of young artists from diverse walks of life. Kardinal himself participated in the program back in the day, as have many others who’ve gone on to great success: Jully Black, Trey Anthony, d’bi.young.anitafrika, Saukrates, Director X, just to name a few. It just so happened that the Fresh Arts anniversary coincided with the 6th annual Manifesto Festival(we like it when the planets get all lined up nice like that) and coming together felt right. The importance of giving young artists not only tools, but also a platform from which their voices can resound, is a belief both organizations passionately share.
One of the most profound ways artists and community leaders can support youth in their creation of art and community is to enter into dialogue with them. Listen. Share ideas. Manifesto’s musical director Wan Lucas and I were exchanging thoughts about how we define the power art has in our lives, and it seemed a great question to ask of our leaders.
You can read the rest of this interview with Kardinal Offishall on Huffington Post.