Art Gallery / / Multicultural Community Center
And We Don't Stop! - a tribute to street art, hip hop, & social movements
"Hip-hop is the streets. Hip-hop is a couple of elements that it comes from back in the days... that feel of music with urgency that speaks to you. It speaks to your livelihood and it's not compromised. It's blunt. It's raw, straight off the street - from the beat to the voice to the words." - Nas
Inspired by the contributions of Hip-Hop culture to hxstories of social justice and liberation movements, the MCC presents “And We Don’t Stop!: A Tribute to Street Art, Hip Hop & Social Movements”. This exhibit seeks to (re)present street art* as an important creative expression for marginalized peoples that is inherently a political tactic of mobilization, unification, and reclamation of public space. In the face of erasure, oppression, criminalization, and silencing, we hope to provide an intentional space that pays tribute to the spirit of street art as a survival tactic of storytelling and knowledge sharing. We wish to collect and display original creations that explore street art in its many forms, including but not limited to: graffiti, photography, stenciling, protest signage, raps, and lyrics, as we celebrate not only street art, but all five elements of hip hop: BBoy-ing, MC-ing, DJ-ing, street art, and knowledge, as empowering and revolutionary.
*We understand street art to be a practice of self-determined representation that has been reimagined, repurposed, and reclaimed throughout time but is rooted in struggles against racism that birthed Hip Hop culture.