INTERACTIVE HIP HOP EXHIBIT IN SANTA MARIA
On Friday, August 19, 2019, Corazón del Pueblo Cultural & Creative Arts Center of Santa Maria Valley is presenting an interactive exhibit featuring the work of Cal Poly Kennedy Library and Ethnic Studies Professor Dr. Jenell Navarro along with Cal Poly student curators, titled, “Don’t Believe the Hype: The Radical Elements of Hip Hop.” The exhibit showcases the five elements of hip-hop culture: graffiti writing, breakdancing, deejaying, emceeing and knowledge production — utilized to speak truth and justice to social ills in the United States and beyond. Student curators explored each of the elements and placed them under a campus and regional lens to showcase the conscious roots of hip-hop culture. Collaborative and participatory — the exhibit integrates faculty and student-driven scholarship, creativity and curation to showcase hip-hop culture as an important narrative role in telling a corrective history of urban life in the face of racism, classism, and sexism.
“Hip-Hop crosses four decades and many generations, speaking truth to power — its wordplay, influence, and cross-generational fluency — provides a voice that continues to change the world,” said Dr. Navarro. “See hip-hop culture for what it is — a truth-telling reality check with a pedagogical agenda — where young people take the mic, the floor, the turntables or a subway car and dare to write a radical vision of their world.”
Free, interactive and open to the public, “Don’t Believe the Hype: The Radical Elements of Hip Hop” will be on display at124 W. Main St. Suite E., Santa Maria, from August 16th, 2019 to October 16th, 2019. The public is invited to the opening reception on August 16th, 2019 at 5:30 – 8:30 pm at 124 W Main Street, Suite E.
In collaboration with:
Cal Poly’s Robert E. Kennedy Library & Ethnic Studies Department