Recently I was invited to attend Arts, Beats and Lyrics at the Howling Wolf.
I really didn’t know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. As a daughter of a retired art teacher and lover of hip hop I found myself comfortably at home.
Imagined an open space of hip-hop/pop culture inspired-art with a bar, a dj and enough space to shake what ya mama gave you–for free!
Yeah, you wish you were there right?
Arts, Lyrics and Beats creates an entry point to explore art for those who rarely visit museums and galleries.
The collaboration between visual arts, music and Jack Daniels is rooted in a long history of hip hop’s ability to sell a brand and reach people of color. Jack Daniels has been a long standing sponsor. I met Dwayne “Dubelyoo” Wright, the curator of Arts, Lyrics and Beats. He is one of many from his generation whose entrepreneurship spirit bloomed from hip-hop.
Several artists of color are getting exposure they may not have had without Arts, Beats and Lyrics. Many are using it as a platform for social justice.
And the women are represented too. Hip hop’s most influential black women such as Erykah Badu and Ms. Lauryn Hill were highlights of some installations.
Arts, beats and lyrics is a traveling exhibition, when it comes to your city it’s worth checking out.
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