Museum of Durham History Exhibit 2018
The Listening: Documenting Hip-Hop In Durham
Museum of Durham History: 500 W. Main Street, Downtown Durham
This exhibit will document hip-hop culture in Durham highlighting all five elements of the culture. This includes celebrating local graffiti artist, DJ’s, Producer’s, Rappers, and Durham based Hip-Hop Scholars.
When consumers typically think of hip-hop and cities who have made historical contributions to the culture, major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Houston are primarily at the forefront of the conversation. Although small in size in comparison to major cities, Durham has crafted and created hip-hop spaces throughout the city, which has allowed the culture to thrive across the five elements. The exhibit will feature, images, videos, recorded interviews and brief bios of key contributors to cohesively tell the story of Durham’s thriving engagement with hip-hop. For a more detailed overview click here
Curated by: Kyesha Jennings
Writing through Hip-Hop
In collaboration with Durham Mighty Pen, a non-profit organization that focuses on amplifying the voices of youth in Durham, Kyesha has developed a workshop specifically for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders where they are actively engaged with writing through hip-hop. Students produce creative pieces inspired by the five elements of hip-hop (MC/Rapper, B-Boy/B-Girl, DJ, Graffiti and knowledge of self). Together, Kyesha and her students explore and create street art, compose poems, raps and short stories. By writing through hip-hop students are able to learn about the origins of the culture, embody the five elements and examine/reflect on their identity.
Bringing Slam Poetry into the Composition Classroom!
Beginning in the spring of 2016, students enrolled in my Introduction to Literature course participated in a poetry slam where they were provided the tools to amplify their voices and demonstrate the ability to construct language in a way that offers them agency. The poetry slam will take place each semester and is filled with prizes, guest judges and light refreshments.