As a performance group, Rebel Diaz came together in 2006 when they were invited to perform their music at the historic immigrant rights march in New York City in front of half a million people. This opportunity to sing for the masses came as a direct extension of their community work in the South Bronx where they organized around issues of youth empowerment, cultural education, and media justice with Mothers On The Move (MOM), Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ), and Movimiento La Peña Del Bronx (Las Peñitas).
As full time teaching artists, Rebel Diaz has traveled throughout the US, Europe, and Latin America, performing and facilitating workshops, using Hip-Hop music as a tool for youth education and empowerment. While traveling, they have stayed connected to their community, co-organizing free cultural events at community gardens, schools, union halls, and block parties in collaboration with various South Bronx community organizations.
THE REBEL DIAZ ARTS COLLECTIVE (RDAC-BX)
After years of being vital contributors to the youth recruitment and outreach activities of existing community-based organizations in the area, Rebel Diaz opened its own community space, the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective•BronX (RDAC•BX), in February 2009. Located in the heart of the South Bronx, the multi-use space is equipped for live performances and film screenings, and houses an art gallery/workspace, computer lab, and state of the art recording studio. Visit RDAC•BX here