Longmore Institute Co-Sponsors Virtual Hip-Hop Concert

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- Last week, Krip-Hop and the Paul K. Longmore Institute at San Francisco State University hosted its first international livestream concert, the Corona19 Artistic Flow Benefit, featuring 16 hip-hop artists including voices and visual art from Tanzania, Brazil and all points across the U.S.

“We’ve been live streaming for several years, serving a community whose members can be dealing with chronic illness and are bedridden,” said Emily Smith Beitiks, the institute’s associate director. Mobilizing its livestream capabilities to program their annual Disability Film Festival immediately after the shutdown, the institute was a natural fit for Krip-Hop’s ambitious project.

“We know how to bring together people in this environment,” said Smith Beitiks, who provided an ASL interpreter for the event and has been taking persistent how-to-stream calls from other organizations since the start of the pandemic.