Arts Greenhouse is a free hip-hop based arts education program serving Pittsburgh teens.  We believe in the power of creative expression, not only as a tool for personal growth and development, but also as a means of promoting a culturally rich, socially integrated community.

Featured Artists

Montell“Montell Fish” is a 17-year-old rapper from Pittsburgh. Just a fish, lost at sea. Don’t drown for too long. He attends City High Charter School, and considers himself a very (deep) young man with his own perceptions of life. “Music means freedom to me, I can be myself without having to care if someone is judging me for it because I ultimately make the music for myself. The message of the music I make for others, and I want to help others get a grip and what’s going on in this world. Arts greenhouse has been a great experience –I’ve gotten to meet new people, record in a great studio, and have grown more comfortable with live performances.”


MichaelMichael has been playing music all his life. At only 13, he can hold his own on at least 7 instruments already! Michael hopes to become a music producer one day.

Our participants are provided the resources, guidance, inspiration, and encouragement necessary to put their creativity to work.

Our workshops, held every Saturday throughout the school year at Carnegie Mellon University, go far beyond the music, touching on all genres of art and tackling tough social issues through discussions and workshops lead by a diverse group of instructors, student volunteers, visiting professors from humanities, drama, art and music and by professional artists from the local hip-hop community. With access to a state-of-the-art recording studio, students produce an album of original music and perform on campus and at venues throughout the community.



OCTOBER 3rd, 2015
Saturdays 1-5pm

Learn how to make beats, record vocals, and mix down your tracks in a state-of-the-art recording studio!

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Paul Crocker

PaulPaul Crocker, Program Coordinator & Lead Instructor, is a Pittsburgh native with a diverse background and passion for the arts. He earned a Finance degree from Penn State University, an audio engineering graduate certificate from CMU, and a Guitar Performance Certificate from Berklee College. As a guitarist, Paul has performed and toured with several bands, playing venues all over the East Coast. As a producer and audio engineer, Paul has worked on recording projects with a variety of local musicians, including Billy Price, FRZY, and a number of students and faculty at CMU. Paul also produced a soundtrack for the independent film “Pie Head, A Kinda’ True Story”, which won four awards at the 2012 Hollywood and Vine Film Festival.

Jesse Childs

JesseJesse Childs is a California native and artist/youth advocate with a decade of experience in youth arts education.  He is currently a Master’s student in Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Industry Management program and has a BA from the University of Chicago in African and African American Studies.  A founding member of the Afromerican Project, Jesse is a music producer, emcee and performer that specializes in a fusion of Afro Beat, Roots Reggae and Hip Hop genres.  He has received honors from several organizations including: TechBridge, Business Professionals of America and AmeriCorps. He is a current member of the Grammy Recording Academy GrammyU and serves as Programs officer for the UCABA black alumni affinity group.

Pavel Gaydos

PavPavel Gaydos was born and raised just blocks from Carnegie Mellon’s campus in Squirrel Hill. He is currently finishing a degree in Media and Communications at the University of Pittsburgh. His experience as a hip hop music producer, emcee and performer helped him build a strong relationship with the music recording program at CFA. In addition to music Pavel is a writer and collaborator with newly formed S Group Consulting, a cultural-problem-solving collective of artists, business owners and entrepreneurs from Pittsburgh, PA, which uses the philosophy of hip hop and community/arts development to amplify and solidify the voice of the disadvantaged communities in the East End.


Konyinsope Adewumi

KoiKonyinsope (Koi) Adewumi
hails from California but is originally from Nigeria. A senior at CMU, she will graduate with a BA in Global Health, focusing on Biological Studies. Koi believes that music, especially Hip Hop, is a great catalyst for social change.

Jeremiah Davis

jeremiahJeremiah Davis
is a native of Toledo, Ohio. He is a poet, rapper, and spoken word artist who has performed throughout the Greater Pittsburgh Area since 2008. He holds a BA in Business Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a regular contributor for the on-campus magazine Blackline, as well as a host of multiple poetry events. Jeremiah has built a strong buzz in the Pittsburgh open mic scene performing spoken word and rapping at many different venues in the area. Along with volunteering with Arts Greenhouse, Jeremiah works for the Community Empowerment Association in Homewood.

Corey Sattler

CoreyCorey Sattler
grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh before accepting a scholarship at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. After receiving a BA in Psychology, he spent 2.5 years working for the American University in Cairo (Egypt) where he began performing spoken word at open mics in his free time. Corey went on to become a freelance contractor in a number of fields to support a passion for art, and recently published his sceond book of poetry, “Grasshopper Jones”. He currently studies Information Systems Management at CMU’s Heinz College and is honored to be a part of Arts Greenhouse every Saturday.

We are located in room CFA-111, at the North end of the 1st floor of the College of Fine Arts building on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

If you would like to get involved with Arts Greenhouse as either a participant or volunteer, please contact us through the form below:



Arts Greenhouse
Paul Crocker, Program Coordinator

Tel: +1.412.268.3451
Fax: +1.412.268.2829
Email: paulcrocker88@gmail.com

Carnegie Mellon University
College of Fine Arts, Room CFA-111
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA