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Action Summit
Friday, Oct 6
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Action Summit, Heritage Education Center
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Freedom Sounds: Framing Hip-Hop in a National Museum

This presentation will explore the creation of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and the inclusion of hip-hop in multiple inaugural exhibitions. Timothy Anne Burnside will share stories about selecting and acquiring hip-hop objects for the NMAAHC’s Music & Performing Arts Collection and discuss the process of developing exhibition content to not just tell stories about hip-hop, but to use hip-hop as a lens into historical and contemporary cultural practices rooted in social justice and activism. Timothy will address what it means that hip-hop is included at the Smithsonian and how that impacts hip-hop communities and the museum field. She will also share her 14-year journey from Smithsonian intern to permanent employee, and talk about career opportunities in the museum field that can include working with hip-hop. The Action Summit is FREE with RSVP: