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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2015
Contact: Wendy Malloy
Museum of History & Industry PR
media@mohai.org
206 324 1126 Ext. 150

Community Exhibit Created in Collaboration with Local Artists and Performers

MOHAI presents The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop, September 19, 2015-May 1, 2016

June 25, 2015

SEATTLE, WA–The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) invites the community to get to know the people, places, and events that make up one of Seattle’s most vibrant cultural communities in The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop, open September 19, 2015—May 1, 2016.

Curated by Seattle natives Jazmyn Scott (The Town Entertainment) and Aaron Walker-Loud (Big World Breaks), this interactive exhibit will immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of our region’s growing Hip-Hop culture through audio recordings, photography, artwork, artifacts, and more. The exhibit will explore many facets of the Seattle Hip-Hop scene including graffiti, deejaying, break dancing, production, and emceeing, linking our region to the continuously evolving global Hip-Hop movement. Throughout, the exhibit will bring the first-person narratives and experiences of Seattle performers and artists to the forefront, creating an intimate and human look at this dynamic art form.

“The opportunity to curate this ground-breaking exhibit is a crescendo of our personal and collaborative journeys as members of the Northwest arts community,” said Scott and Walker-Loud of the process of bringing the exhibit to life. Hip-Hop fans from a young age and mentored by family and community, the two “…gradually developed into artists, entrepreneurs, educators and producers, working with an immeasurable cross-section of the Northwest community. Experiencing a three-decade trajectory of momentum that is now culminating with MOHAI, we are simply honored and inspired to be a part of this vital work.”

The community is invited to celebrate the opening of The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop with fun, hands-on activities at an Opening Family Day, Saturday, September 19, 2015, 10 am–5 pm, featuring music, dancing, art, and more.

The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop will be featured in MOHAI’s Linda and Ted Johnson Family Community Gallery, an intimate space designed to promote community involvement with MOHAI through exhibits curated in collaboration with local partners. Its rotating exhibits offer the public the opportunity to hear diverse voices and stories from the Puget Sound region. Past exhibitions in the community gallery include Still Afloat: A Contemporary History of Seattle’s Floating Homes, Revealing Queer, Shalom! Open for Business, and many more.

MOHAI thanks exhibit partners 50 Next: Seattle Hip-Hop Worldwide, The Town Entertainment, and Big World Breaks for their support.

This exhibit is made possible in part by generous support from 4Culture.

About MOHAI

MOHAI is dedicated to enriching lives through preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region, and the nation. As the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington; the museum engages communities through interactive exhibits, online resources, and award-winning public and youth education programs.  For more information about MOHAI, please call 206 324 1126.