The History of First Wave

First Wave

First Wave is orginated

September 2007

First Wave is the country's first college learning community devoted to urban art. The first cohort was 15 students. Learn more about First Wave here.

First Wave members are awarded the Governor's Award in support of the arts

September 2009

This is the first time a university arts program has won the Governor's Award. Watch a video montage highlighting First Wave's achievement of this award here.

First Wave's Hip-Hop Theater Ensemble performs at Contacting the World

July 19 2010 - July 25 2010

Contacting the World is an international theater project that links young artists with different backgrounds. The annual event embodies cultural and creative diversity. Performances are intended to create an understanding of different cultures.

Four First Wave students perform on Broadway

February 24, 2011

Students made it to the New York Knicks Poetry Slam Finals. This annual event is the first program to bring poetry slam to a Broadway stage.

First Wave student named one of Glamour Magazine's Top College Women 2012

March 2012

Jasmine Mans was included in Glamour Magazine's Top College Women 2012 for her inspirational poems relating to African American Life. Read more about Jasmine's success here.

First Wave student becomes finalist at National College Battle of the Bands

April 2012

First Wave Touring Ensemble performs in Cultural Olympiad

July 5 2012

The Cultural Olympiad was a cultural celebration presented prior to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. First Wave performed in the Shake the Dust festival, a national youth poetry slam project. The festival is the first teen youth slam in the history of the UK. This was one of First Wave's highest profile performances. Watch clips from First Wave's London Tour here.