Corey DePina

Type: Workshop, Residency, Remote
Art Form: Music
Grade Level: 4 - 12

Corey DePina is a skilled rapper and workshop leader who hosts Boston’s largest and longest running all age open one mic event: Critical Breakdown. His work as a facilitator for local and national non profits and community centers has earned him numerous awards, including: the 2008 Good Neighbor Award from East Boston’s NOAH, the 2008 Community Leadership Award from Jamaica Plain's Hyde Square Task Force, the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and the 2014 Best Initiative, Best Youth Worker of the Year. In 2020, Corey received the Black Excellence on the Hill award from the Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus.

VIRTUAL ADAPTION: Something From Nothing is available live online through your remote learning platform.

Programs Offered

Corey DePina teaches rap and hip hop culture workshops for schools in Massachusetts


Corey DePina did an amazing job with 8th graders at Solomon Schechter Day School yesterday. I Loved, loved, loved his program! It was a great mix of talking, slides, video and Q & A. 

Alison Judd, arts coordinator, Solomon Schecter Day School, Newton, MA

Thank you for another fantastic Young Audiences of Massachusetts virtual field trip! Corey is always so great with the kids, and they were soaking in all of the rich history of hip-hop. It's always a great sign when you see so many students pushing the "raise hand" feature to ask questions and share their own hip-hop musical creations. 

Emmanuel Toledo, program director for the performing arts, Boston Public Schools

On behalf of Brown middle school, please pass along my thanks to Corey for a wonderful presentation this morning. He has adapted his program so beautifully to the zoom format, and his enthusiasm and charisma shines through. We can't wait until we can have him visit our school in person!

Courtney Cole, arts coordinator, Charles E. Brown Middle, Newton Centre, MA