Highland Community College will host an up and coming musician and artist, Frank Waln, on Jan. 28.
An award winning Sicangu Lakota hip-hop artist and music producer, Waln hails from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Waln preforms for audiences around the world telling his story and focusing on self-empowerment and expression of truth.
A recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, Waln attended Columbia College Chicago where he received a BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics. Waln’s awards include three Native American Music Awards, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 2014 Native American 40 Under 40, the 2014 Chicago Mayor’s Award for Civic Engagement, and the 2016 3Arts Grant for Chicago Artists. He has been featured in Buzzfeed, The Fader, Playboy, Vibe, NPR, ESPN, and MTV’s Rebel Music Native America. Waln has written for various publications including Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, and Society and The Guardian.
Highland Community College was awarded a grant from Humanities Kansas for a series of six interdisciplinary and cultural events focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) in the 2018/19 academic year. The series is titled “Social Justice: Using STEAM to Revolutionize the World,” and each event will feature discussions and presentations on how each of the STEAM fields influences areas of culture and social justice. This is the third event in the series.
The event is being made possible due to funding from Humanities Kansas, a personal donation from benefactor William Stoskopf, and the Highland Community College Foundation.
Free tickets are available at www.highlandcc.edu/frankwaln. Seating is limited.