Molina Speaks

Mr. Molina is a first generation college graduate and holds degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice and a J.D. from the University of Wyoming.  He has taught Cultural Studies, Hip-Hop Studies and Media Studies courses at the university level since 2006.  He has been invited to lecture and read poetry at dozens of universities, including Columbia, UC Davis, CU Boulder, University of New Mexico, and San Diego State University.

As an independent artist, Molina has released over a dozen successful music projects and has published several collections of poetry.  Molina has shared the stage with the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Saul Williams, Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets, Allen Stone, Les Nubians, Blue Scholars, Dead Prez and Flobots. Molina served as Music Supervisor for Papers the Movie, a documentary about undocumented youth that has screened in all 50 states, influencing state and national Immigration Reform Policy.  Mr. Molina is a TedX fellow, a lead instructor for Youth On Record, and has worked as an Artist-In-Residence with the National Hispanic Heritage Center, Mizel Museum, Journey Through Our Heritage, and the Lighthouse Writers.  Molina has worked on National Endowment for the Arts projects and has taught master artist classes at Boston Arts Academy and Colorado Arts Academy among other elite academic institutions.  His passion is working with disenfranchised students, at-risk youth, and underserved populations.

Video Work Sample: Live Your Dream

Please Note:

For locations 30 miles or more outside of the Denver metro area Mr. Molina requires a minimum booking contract of:

– Double performance; or

– One performance plus workshops; or

– Full day residency

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Explore: Cultural Arts, Literary Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Professional Development, Storytelling, Creative Writing, Hip-hop, Latino, Mixed Media, Nature, Poetry, Songwriting, Vocal, Writing


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  • Design Thinking Workshop

    Workshop for grades K through 12th

    Students explore “design thinking” in this hands-on, imaginative workshop. Schools can choose between two topics: 1) Historical Pyramids or 2) Future Studies. Students use minimal materials to create visual representations of their ideas and “theories”, then interact with other student work through writing and discussion.

  • Advanced Lyrics Writing Workshop

    Workshop for grades 9th through 12th

    This workshop focuses on the art of writing lyrics to beats. Students explore stream of consciousness writing, poetic and lyrical devices, organization of ideas, and song structure. Each student finishes the workshop with a solid piece of writing to share. (This is a high school level workshop, perfect for English classes, creative writing classes, AP writing classes and students who are enthusiastic about writing.)

  • Art and Culture of Hip-Hop Workshop

    Workshop for grades 9th through 12th

    Molina has been making hip-hop music since he was 16, has been a professional recording artist for nearly a decade, and has taught hip-hop studies at the university level since 2006. Beyond what you see on TV, hip-hop has five original elements, it is a culture rooted in peace, love, unity and having fun, and it has inspired social justice movements all around the world. (This workshop is informational and is best suited for high school students.)

  • Haiku Workshop

    Workshop for grades K through 12th

    Molina Speaks has written thousands of haiku, tweets in haiku, and has given a Ted Talk that incorporates haiku into the topic of Hip-Hop and Futurism. Haiku is one of the simplest but also most challenging forms of poetry. How big and elaborate of a story can you tell in 17 syllables?

  • Free Form Poetry Workshop

    Workshop for grades K through 12th

    This workshop celebrates the freedom of poetry. There are no rules. The focus of this workshop is on process, not specific outcomes. Poetry is about seeing the world in a creative way and making life more fun. Everything is poetry, poetry is life. Students write a collective free form poem, and each student finishes the workshop with his/her own solid piece of writing to share. We can tailor this workshop to specific issues and themes that relate to curriculum.

  • Surrealist Poetry Workshop

    Workshop for grades K through 12th

    Students explore ideas of “realism” and “surrealism”, surrealist art, and students create weird poetry from unexpected places.

  • Blackout Poetry Workshop

    Workshop for grades Pre-K through 12th

    Students explore blackout poetry, a minimalist form of poetry in which students use sharpies or markers to black out words on newspapers, book pages, or handouts. Instead of creating something out of nothing, students work with the art of deconstruction. The lesson is finding a story within a story.

  • The Art of Life

    Performance for grades K through 12th

    Students are bored. Getting to and from school can be a drag. School does not always feel like the safest or most nurturing place in the world. Testing causes anxiety. Social media breeds negativity. “Haters” are everywhere. In this presentation, Molina Speaks aims to convince all students that they are historians, futurists, and artists, and that they have the power to determine their own destinies. The difference between boredom and inspiration is perspective, and this is a choice.

    All presentations consist of a mixture of brief lectures, poetry reading, spoken word and lyrical performances, student interaction and Q&A.

  • The Artist Lens: Latino Identity, History and Culture

    Performance for grades K through 12th

    Molina takes students on a journey through Latin American history. In this inspiring presentation, Molina focuses on: 1) the historical contributions of Indigenous and Latino cultures of the Americas, 2) the American civil rights period, in particular the Chicano Movement (Mexican-American civil rights movement), and 3) what it means to be Latino now and in the future.

    All presentations consist of a mixture of brief lectures, poetry reading, spoken word and lyrical performances, student interaction and Q&A.

  • Student Keys to Success

    Performance for grades K through 12th

    This motivating presentation centers on student health, goal setting, academic success, overcoming adversity, and personalizing the educational experience. Molina’s keys to success: 1) healthy rebellion, 2) roots, 3) grit, 4) love, 5) curiosity, 6) self-control, 7) perspective, 8) optimism, 9) artistry, 10) power to claim.

    All presentations consist of a mixture of brief lectures, poetry reading, spoken word and lyrical performances, student interaction and Q&A.

  • The Artist Lens: Diversity and Social Justice

    Performance for grades K through 12th

    In an age in which “diversity” and “social justice” have become buzz words and boxes to check, Molina Speaks takes us on an artistic journey that unpacks what these words truly mean. What does it mean to live by these principles, and why we should continue to demand space for these ideals in a democratic society? This presentation includes reflections on identity, education, technology, social media, food justice, civil rights and humanity in the digital age.

    All presentations consist of a mixture of brief lectures, poetry reading, spoken word and lyrical performances, student interaction and Q&A.

  • Live Your Dream

    Performance for grades K through 12th

    Molina speaks about his journey from a small town immigrant, blue collar background to being a first generation college student. He speaks about student leadership and activism, his decision to go to law school, and then his choice not to practice law and instead to follow his passions as an artist, educator and teaching artist. Molina shares personal stories about the struggles and triumphs of making choices, living authentically, trusting one’s intuition and following dreams. What would it take to live your dream, and to do something positive for your community in the process?

    All presentations consist of a mixture of brief lectures, poetry reading, spoken word and lyrical performances, student interaction and Q&A.