Teens will get instruction from top Tacoma artists and writers over the next few months, thanks to the Tacoma Public Library and its main branch StoryLab, a recent grant-funded room at the branch which is open and free to all youth and supplies computers, cameras, recording devices and multimedia software for exploration.
“Hip Hop with Q-Dot” is a four-week Thursday night workshop in hip hop, taught by Quincy Henry (Q-Dot), one of the South Sound’s most prominent artists in funk, rap and hip hop. A Grammy nomination finalist, Henry has toured and performed with Kanye West, Bone Thugs -n- Harmony, Sir Mix A Lot and Blues Scholars.
The hip hop workshops are 4-7 p.m. Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and 16, Mar. 1. Free. Ages 13-20. Olympic Room, main branch Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. Registration required: 253-292-2001 x1795, www.tacomapubliclibrary.org
“Capturing a sense of place II: Words and Images” explores your favorite Tacoma hangout in 247 words of less and 7-10 photographs. Taught by photographer Jesse Michener and writer Mary Boone, the day-long workshop guides teens through how to create a compelling photo-essay to tell your own story. There’s a critique session at the end, and work will be exhibited online. Lunch provided.
The photo-essay workshop is 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Free. Ages 13-20. Olympic Room, main branch Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. Registration required: 253-292-2001 x1795, www.tacomapubliclibrary.org