Joshua Smith (aka Josh the Word) is a rapper and educator based in Brooklyn who uses music to develop programs and facilitate engaging conversations around empathy building, community building, and creative self expression. He has recorded and released several albums, including 2016’s Psyched Out, and performs at venues around the country. He has taught performance poetry classes and youth empowerment workshops at a variety of schools and arts centers, as well as with The Wayfinder Experience.
Smith uses both his own songs and other artists’ music to engage students in social and emotional learning, and to spark conversations around issues like vulnerability, healthy community, untangling toxic masculinity, and fostering consent culture. He has taught workshops and led programs in many schools, camps, retreat centers, and other settings, including Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, The Omega Institute, and the New York’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum.
With Eliza Reynolds, Josh is also the cofounder and codirector of Teen Rising, a workshop for teens that explores the values of authenticity, community, creative self-expression and the balance of masculine and feminine in the individual.