ELEMENTS URBAN ARTS COLLECTIVE, LLC
Elements Urban Arts Collective (EUAC) inspires, enriches, educates, and empowers artists and audiences in an effort to advance the reach of Urban Art, while preserving it’s rich culture.
We will accomplish our mission by:
Providing engaging, educational programming for youth and adults focused in the elements of Hip Hop (B-Boying/B-Girling, MCing, DJing, and Graffiti);
Supporting emerging and established artists through a wide array of services;
Producing a broad range of performances and events of the highest possible quality;
Collaborating with other local organizations to develop initiatives geared towards making the DC Metropolitan Arts Scene an inclusive and compassionate community;
Utilizing the essential power of the arts to illuminate our common humanity.
Elements Urban Arts Collective will become a national leader in Urban Arts education, programming, and preservation.
Value #1: Art before Ego
We are passionate about art and love what we do. While we understand our art has the ability to elevate us as individuals, our main goal is elevating those around us through art.
Value #2: Excellence
We strive for excellence in all aspects of our work. Whether challenging ourselves to stay current and innovative or ensuring everyone with whom we interact is left feeling inspired by our work, our goal is achieving the highest possible outcomes.
Value #3: Community
We believe that community is essential to the progression of urban art. We provide a welcoming atmosphere and engage our supporters in an effort to foster strong relationships and expand the reach of Urban Art.
Value #4: Respect for All
We recognize that when one creates art, they are sharing a very intimate part of themselves. We show appreciation for these artists and the creations they produce and we are committed to educating from a place of respect, love, and encouragement.
Value #5: Personal Growth through Art
We believe art enriches the world aesthetically and spiritually. We empower artists by nurturing both their personal and professional growth. When working with youth and adult artists, we uphold the values of responsibility, kindness, accountability, commitment, empathy, and understanding. We are confident promoting these values while encouraging the creation of high-skilled art produces talented beings that will continue to positively impact the world.
Alana Hill, Founder/CEO
Elements Urban Arts Collective, LLC
Alana Hill has been an Arts Educator/Administrator for 16 years, serving the DC local arts community in the areas of dance and theater.
Alana holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, with a Concentration in Art and is currently directing the Middle and Upper School dance program at Bullis School.
Alana Hill’s love for dance started at a small dance school in her hometown of Oklahoma City, where she began ballet and tap training. Even as a young and shy child, Hill was always alive and uninhibited on stage. During high school she revisited her love of performance and choreography through cheerleading competitions, half-time shows, and high school talent competitions. In 2001, Hill began taking classes at Joy of Motion Dance Center, and was quickly inspired by a host of talented teachers and performers. She credits the faculty and staff at Joy of Motion Dance Center and their motto “‘Dance is for Everyone“ for inspiring her to believe in herself and her unlimited ability. In 2003, she co-founded Expansion Dance Project, a local hip hop dance company, and faithfully served as Managing Director, choreographer, and performer for over two years. Hill has also been a dancer with Life, Rhythm, Move Project and Contradiction Dance, and has directed four theatrical productions. Hill received her certification as a group exercise instructor and has taught hip hop classes at The Sports Club LA, Joy of Motion Dance Center and CityDance Center. Recently, Alana Hill served as Program Director for Joy of Motion Dance Center's H.Y.P.E. Youth Hip Hop Program. As a dance educator, Hill seeks to inspire her students to search within themselves and find their inner performer, to be uninhibited, and to have fun. As an Arts Facilitator and Administrator, she encourages artists to create from the heart and appreciate the process.
Alana Hill looks forward to serving to local arts community in a new capacity with Elements Urban Arts Collective.
The core of the work Elements Urban Arts Collective (EUAC) produces is centered around the four elements of Hip Hop Culture. We use the term 'Urban Art' to encompass the progression of these elements but we maintain reverence to these elements as the foundation of Hip Hop culture. Click read more to learn about the work EUAC is doing in these genres.
THE FOUR ELEMENTS
noun, Informal. 1. graffiti is writing or drawings that have been scribed, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surfaces in public places.
noun, Informal. 1. a disc jockey (DJ) is a person who mixes recorded music for an audience.
noun, Informal. 1. a style of acrobatic dancing that combines intricate footwork with spinning and tumbling, usually to funk or hip-hop music.
noun, Informal. 1. an MC, or rapper, is a music artist and/or performers who usually creates and performs vocals for his/her own original material.