Refresh Collective engaged youth and adult MC’s, poets, singers and beat makers for this important community song writing project. We shared life stories of personal struggle and success. Our goal is to connect people through honest storytelling and shared lessons learned. Our hope is to encourage each others’ hearts through our stories even as we continue to heal from life’s struggles and share our successes.

First Song Released: “THIS IS ME”

“This Is Me” is the first song to be released. Get a free download here.

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All songs performed live at Hip-hop at the Bop Stop on October 16th. Tickets here.

Most of these discussions and songwriting sessions happened at Fresh Lab in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland, but a few happened in our Fresh Lab in the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati. We are excited for the online release of each song over the next few months.

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Dee Jay Doc started this project as the Gordon Square artist in residence in the Spring of 2019.

Stories of Struggle and Success by Refresh Collective is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

Refresh Collective is supported in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.