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Hip-Hop Artist/Food Activist Brings Musical Message to PPCC's Earth Week

Colorado Springs, Colo. – April 1, 2015 – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Office of Sustainability presents Earth Week: Celebrating a Culture of Sustainability, April 22 – 23, Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. The event will feature “From Gangs to Gardens” a presentation by Denver native, activist and recording artist DJ Cavem, a Trash Art Show and the annual Thrift Shop Prom. 


“The goal of the event is to bring continued awareness to the college community about the importance of sustainability and how everyone can make an impact in their own unique way,” explains Konrad Schlarbaum, PPCC sustainability coordinator.

This year’s special guest DJ Cavem is a Denver raised 2014 Grammy Music Educator Award nominee, international recording artist, organic gardener, educator, award-winning activist and vegan chef. He dedicates his work to transforming the minds and health of children and his community by using hip hop as his platform. He has lectured at Georgetown University and been featured in Oprah magazine.

Cavem will be at the Centennial Campus, Grove, 5 – 6 p.m., April 23 to discuss the inspiration behind his documentary film “From Gangs to Gardens” which premiered at the 2014 Hollywood Film Festival. The film came out of his experience growing up in the slums of Denver behind a coal plant where he was inspired to improve his environment and the lives of those around him by teaching young people to connect to the earth by growing food and cultivating healthy eating habits.

Cavem will also be the guest dj for the PPCC Thrift Shop Prom where students and their guests will dance the night away wearing outfits purchased exclusively at second hand stores.

Complete list of Events 

April 22

  •  Trash Art Show, Atrium, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

PPCC students, staff and faculty will display their works of art made from repurposed trash using the theme “Power and the Environment.”

  • Art Show Reception & Awards, Atrium, 5 – 7 p.m.

April 23

  • Presentation and Q & A with Dj Cavem: “From Gangs to Gardens”, Grove, 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Thrift Shop Prom, Atrium, 7–10 p.m. (This event is open to PPCC students, guests and staff only.)

The prom will feature DJ Cavem and his wife Alkemia Earth, dancing, photography, local food, trash art, and a best dressed contest.

About PPCC Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability was created and funded by Student Government to engage, educate and empower the campus community to adopt sustainable lifestyle habits. The Sustainability Coordinator collaborates with on and off-campus specialists to provide relevant opportunities for students, staff and faculty to discover sustainability. For more information visit 

About PPCC

Pikes Peak Community College is in its 47th year of operation and has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1975. It is a two-year college offering 158 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses and two military education centers in El Paso County, PPCC serves approximately 21,000 students annually.