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The Marcus Graham Project concludes 3rd Annual ICR8 Boot Camp

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From left to right: Johnnie Lovett, Timothy Foster, Jeremy Smith, Daniela Jimenez (bottom left), Johari Huggins, Vinson Muhammad, Darren Nesbitt, Erin Jordan, Matthew Hayes (top right), Theo Nishimura (top right) and Phillip Cunningham (top right)

On August 13th the Marcus Graham Project (MGP) concluded its 3rd annual ICR8 Summer Boot Camp. The 11 participants from across the nation have completed the rigorous 10-week program and are ready to enter the job market. As a conclusion to the boot camp the team is hosted the Cr8it ArtFest on August 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Southside on Lamar Artist’s Quarters in Dallas.

“This summer has been amazing. I’ve learned more this summer than I did in four years of college,” said Timothy Foster Jr., ICR8 Summer Boot Camp participant from Waco.

This year’s boot camp team has spent the past 10-weeks in Dallas operating their own integrated marketing communication agency called Bippitus. During the summer they received mentorship from numerous industry professionals and completed tasks for their agency’s clients: AT&T, Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend’s nonprofit organization The Show Me Campaign, signature natural bath and body care line forplai by Lamman Rucker, lifestyle website Neo Soul Cafe and Dallas-based retail marketing agency TPN.

“This summer with The Marcus Graham Project has been one of the most productive summer experiences of my life,” said Johari Huggins, ICR8 Summer Boot Camp participant from Chicago. “Between networking and client projects there has never been a dull moment. I now feel more prepared to enter the industry.”  During the summer Bippitus documented several moments of the summer and have shared them via YouTube and Ustream.

To relive moments from this year’s ICR8 Boot Camp please visit  Bippitus on YouTube and USTREAM.

Final Event

The artfest consisted of workshops lead by The Marcus Graham Project, Los Angeles’ DJ Scratch Academy and members of the Dallas Art Community. The workshops were designed to expose youth and adults to careers available in the arts.

Hiring MGP Graduates

This year’s ICR8 Boot Camp graduates are preparing to enter the workforce. Past graduates of the ICR8 Boot Camp have earned jobs with Ohio State University, Wieden+Kennedy, RAPP and The Richards Group.

This year’s graduates are interested in pursuing careers in all creative, advertising, public relations and marketing fields. If you are interested in hiring a Bippitus graduate or Bippitus as an agency for any of your small to midsize business needs please email partners@bippitus.com or call 214-810-6475.

About The Marcus Graham Project

The Marcus Graham Project (MGP) is a national network of diverse professionals who have purposed themselves in developing the next generation of thought leadership within the advertising, media and marketing industry. The vision of The MGP is to provide long-term access to information, technology, financial and people resources that will strategically develop a viable pool of talent and leadership within the industry. The Marcus Graham Project is a 501 (c) 3 organization. For information please visit www.marcusgrahamproject.org.

About Bippitus

Bippitus is an integrated marketing communication agency specializing in advertising, public relations and retail marketing. It’s composed of 11 young professionals ages 22-29 from across the United States. The students were selected through a rigorous portfolio and video submission process. The agency will function for 10-weeks as an extension of the Marcus Graham Project, under its 2011 ICR8 Summer Boot Camp Program. The Bippitus philosophy is to bring a fearless approach to every challenge. Every project. Every day. For information please visit www.bippitus.com.

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