ROSALEEN KNOEPFEL Educator, Founder and Executive Director of UAB

Ms. Knoepfel, or Miss K, as she is known to the youth, graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2000 with a B.A. in Directing. After writing and directing various original NY based theater productions, she became a New York Teaching Fellow in 2001, and now has her Masters in Secondary English education. As an adjunct lecturer at City College, teaching coach and executive director of UAB, she is able to instill her passion for quality arts education and relationship building in the next generation of teachers and mentors.

Having worked in N.Y.’s public school system for the past ten years, from East New York to Jamaica, Queens, Miss K has seen many programs succeed and many others fail. Noticing a desperate need for art and music programs in all of the under served communities in New York, Miss K started to invite artists and community activists into her classroom her first year teaching. The response was so positive she continued to organize guest artists until Urban Art Beat was born!


staff_biscBISCO SMITH  Founder of IV Creative 
From below the surface of New York City Busy Bisc 1 emerges with skill, style, and a serious need for movements. Alive off the pace of city blocks, his creative forces are used in all realms. From record art work for labels such as Definitive Jux, Nature Sounds, and Ninja Tune. To the release of his words over beats on New York’s block building label, Embedded Music (, Bisc1 can be found in your town, on your walls and in your ears. His work had been played, performed, exhibited and distributed all over the globe, from The Queens Museum to the walls of Fat Beats in Amsterdam and back to the speakers banging in Hong Kong.. To dig deeper go to  Bisco Smith  , stay up!!

EVAN WATERMAN International DJ
Evan Waterman, aka King Cut, was born and raised in New York City. Since 1999, he has organized and performed in showcases and open mic events locally and across the country. He graduated from New School University in 2007 with a liberal arts degree focusing on democracy and cultural pluralism. Now a full time DJ he has done events ranging from rooftop and loft parties to small clubs and lounges from NYC to MIA. He is currently the resident DJ at No Malice Palace in the East Village. 


Mikal Amin Lee  Program Director at Urban Word
One of New York Cities unsung heroes among the hip hop and drum n bass communities, Mikal aka Hired Gun has repped various crews in the tri-state area over the past ten plus years. Moving permanently to Brooklyn, NY in 2000 “HG” has been one of the underground’s most consistent, versatile and creative emcees rockin the stage. Looking at art and music as a means of communication and a way to pass truth, HG strives to positively impact those around him with conscious music, not in the trite, played definition that has plagued artist because of mainstream characterizations but a more tangible idea of music that makes you think, reflect and feel. HG currently has two albums out with the group 3rd Party. see HG online