A Message from Tarik 'Konshens the MC' Davis 
Halcyon Arts Lab Pilot Studio Program Fellow,
GRAMMY Recording Academy Artist & GRAMMY Museum Teaching Artist

I believe music is one of the most powerful ways to engage others. As a hip hop artist and songwriter, I use my craft to teach and inspire urban youth. Halcyon shares my mission to educate through the arts, so our partnership was a powerful match.

I was one of the pilot artists accepted to the Studios Program, a pilot program of the now Halcyon Arts Lab, and the only hip hop artist in my cohort. When I arrived, I expected just a recording studio. But what I discovered was a family-like structure of opportunity, advice and support — three things that are vital to any independent artist.

That’s when the excitement kicked in. With an entire building to create whatever I wanted, I recorded two new pieces and shot three videos in just a few months. The space and support I received from Halcyon fueled my creative process in a whole new way — and that became one of the most valuable treasures of my career.

Since my residency, my relationship with Halcyon has graduated into something I’ve been longing for — genuine collaborations that can ultimately benefit others. I look forward to joining forces again in the future to create more empowering experiences for young people.

About Halcyon Arts Lab
At the intersection of art and social impact, Halcyon Arts Lab gives emerging creatives the tools to combine bold ideas with creativity to catalyze a force for good. It includes a nine-month fellowship that provides an environment of collaboration and independent learning — allowing fellows to explore creative pursuits and helping them grow as leaders in the field of socially engaged art.

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