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Yakima Valley College 2019-2020 Diversity Series

Yakima, WA – YVC’s 2019-2020 Diversity Series kicks off with workshops and performances by Hip-Hop MC, Producer, Kennedy Center Artist Fellow and University of Nevada, Las Vegas Faculty Olmeca. Free events will be held on both the Yakima and Grandview campuses. Food will be provided. Please see additional details below.

Yakima Campus
October 2, 2019 • 11:30am-1:00pm
HUB, Building #9

Grandview Campus
October 3, 2019 • 11:00am-1:00pm
Activity Center, Building #52

With the use of lyricism, sincerity, and humor, Olmeca shares personal stories and examines U.S. art, culture, and politics as they relate to marginalized communities and low-income families. From the concept of the American Dream to homelessness, he candidly shares his experiences of what it means to be a first-generation college student and professional. Olmeca interweaves performance and dialogue into one making music and poetry, not a performance to be viewed, but a form of communication.

Olmeca is a Bilingual Hip-Hop artist, producer, activist and scholar. His work has been featured on various documentaries. He has also written music for tv shows.  He is a Kennedy Center Artist Fellow and faculty at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Olmeca grew up in the barrios of L.A. and Mexico, a reality that brewed his blending of music genres and cultural sensitivity.  His music has earned him respect and praises in both English and Spanish news outlets and genres. Olmeca has toured Canada, Latin America and Europe and has helped spawn a new trend of bilingual Hip-hop. This, along with his social commentary and community efforts makes Olmeca a stand-alone artist in how he can intersect various identities and demographics. It is also for this reason that he is not only a gifted performing artist, but a university lecturer doing guest lectures, residencies and keynote speeches in universities throughout the U.S.  For more information visit:

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