Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives / OMAI / First Wave Spoken Word and Urban Arts Learning Community
Phone (608) 890-1006
Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives
239 Red Gym
716 Langdon St
Madison, WI 53706
The Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) provides culturally relevant and transformative arts programming to promote positive social dialogue and to give cultural art forms a legitimate academic forum. By harnessing the broad cultural influence of spoken word, hip hop and emerging as well as traditional art forms, OMAI initiatives create learning environments that improve retention and graduation success and prepares future leaders to reinvest in their communities. By continually refreshing this paradigm that integrates traditional academics and cutting edge arts activism, OMAI empowers transnational leaders with new tools for inclusive community building.
Founded in 2005, OMAI is a unit of the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The First Wave Spoken Word and Hip Hop Arts Learning Community is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bringing together young artists and leaders from across the U.S and beyond, the First Wave Learning Community offers students the opportunity to live, study and create together in a close-knit, dynamic campus community. Administered by the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI), the First Wave Learning Community is the first university program in the country centered on spoken word and hip-hop culture.
Willie Ney, Executive Director (608-890-1055)
244 Red Gym, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rain Wilson, Artistic Director (608-890-0238)
239 Red Gym, email@example.com
Adey Assefa, Assistant Director (608-890-3434)
229 Red Gym, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amaud Johnson, Faculty Director
Helen C. White, 600 N. Park St.
Gia Euler-Plath, Outreach Coordinator (608-890-1006)
239 Red Gym, email@example.com