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The Mitchell Center, in partnership with artist-in-residence Marc Bamuthi Joseph, the Living Word Project and Youth Speaks, Inc., will host Life Is Living Houston, a hip-hop-based environmental justice festival. Focused primarily on Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood, the festival further connects University of Houston with its surrounding community and celebrates the extraordinary people who sustain the cultural life in and around the Third Ward.

Life Is Living: Houston is part of the Mitchell Centers multi-year residency with performer, poet, and choreographer Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Local organizing partners include Aerosol Warfare, The Awakenings Movement, the Bush Cares Project, CKC StART Street & Urban Arts, Community Artists Collective, Dance Houston, DiverseWorks, Ecotone, GreeniRecycling, Houston Community College, Houston Green Scene, Houston Museum of African American Culture, the Last Organic Outpost, Meta-Four Houston, Museum of Cultural Arts Houston, New Living, One Green Street, Project Row Houses, Sew Sew Crafty, S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, 3 Sisters in the Spirit Theatre Ministry, SPACE Solar Powered Adaptive Containers for Everyone, SPAMMO, Studio Enertia, The Tipping Point, The Dawn Project, Tour de Hood, Youth Advocates, Workshop Houston and various programs at the University of Houston including the School of Theatre & Dance, Community Learning Agricultural Sustainability Program, Metropolitan Volunteer Program and the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.

Life Is Living is a national campaign that generates partnerships between diverse and underserved communities, green action agencies, local community groups, urban environmental activists, and the contemporary arts world. Life is Living encompasses a series of six-hour inter-disciplinary, intergenerational, eco-equity festivals in neglected parks in underserved neighborhoods around the country. Previous cities include Oakland, CA; Harlem, NY; and Chicago, IL.