ERIK ANDRADE is spoken word artist and community activist from New Bedford. Erik is the founding member of La Soul Renaissance and the Overflowing Cup Project. La Soul Renaissance is a local spoken word and hip hop venue which focuses on social justice issues and spirituality. The Overflowing Cup Project is an artist circle that works to encourage, recover and inspire creativity through a collective process. Erik is also a mentor and member of the Connecting for Change Youth Committee and also works at People Acting in Community Endeavors (PACE) YouthBuild New Bedford as the AmeriCorps Program Manager and facilitator of service learning projects including 1st New Bedford Martin Luther King, Jr Children’s Teach-In and March to GiftstoGive, and the Build A Bed Keep A Vet Fed Service learning project with Veteran’s group Dog Tag Navigators.