Exhibition Open

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We made it! The brand new Hip Hop Archive at Plainfield Public Library @800 Park Ave is finally open! On display for the collective is my personal collection of artworks depicting some contemporary Hip Hop history. This material illustrates how we can all participate in the preservation of Hip Hop Kulture for future generations. We can tell our own story by creating pictures, paintings, books, video etc. to document ourselves.

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We celebrated the opening of the gallery with a discussion of art and Hip Hop with students from the Plainfield Arts Academy. We talked about careers in graphic arts, the purpose of making art and the ripple effects caused by your creations. They also got some quick captures from the Shades of Hip Hop interview/performance collection of material collected before most of them were born in 2000.

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Special shout-out to a special guest from the Worldwide Cypher, all the way from Mumbai, India, Shubhra Vandit. He visited the archive exhibition and helped us all by taking these great photos.

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Special thanks go to Sarah Hull, Head of Local History/Genealogy at the Plainfield Public Library for advancing this project. Visit the exhibition from now thru July during library hours or contact me for private tours and upcoming discussion dates @KurtNiceHHL (Twitter/Instagram) info@hiphoplives.net.

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Kurt Nice

Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at info@hiphoplives.net

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