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Gardens & Galleries: Hip Hop at 50 

Thursday, November 2, 2023
5pm - 8pm 

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Co-sponsored by The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

                           Celebrate the dynamic influence of Hip Hop
                                 on art, music, fashion and social culture for 50 years!

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Special Guest Performers will include: 

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Abiodun Oyewole


Khaiim Kelly




The Lost Tribe








B-Boy Henry


Michelle Bee


Assad Jackson


Lady K



Come celebrate Hip Hop at 50 with us!


Gardens and Galleries: Hip Hop at 50 at The Amistad Center for Art & Culture is one of many celebrations across the United States held this year to pay tribute to the vibrant culture of Hip Hop and its indelible mark on various aspects of social culture including visual art, music, artistic expression, and fashion.


This event will be hosted by Khaiim Kelly, a recording artist and performer named  the 'First Hip Hop Troubadour of an American City’ by the City of Hartford in 2021.


The event will showcase performances and special guest appearances by Hip Hop pioneers and contemporary artists. Poetry performances, a fashion show, hands-on activities, and music by disc jockeys will also be featured. Images from The Amistad Center for Art & Culture’s collection depicting the history of Hip Hop will be displayed.

This event is for individuals over the age of 21. Hors d'oeuvres by Birkens On Main will be served, and a cash-bar will be available. A live DJ will play Hip Hop tracks throughout the event! Get ready to groove, appreciate, and be inspired!

Event Schedule

Throughout Gardens & Galleries: Hip Hop at 50, attendees will be able to view photos and artwork in the Hartford Courant Room and post personal reflections of Hip-Hop



5:00 pm –5:30 pm              Double Dutch, Gray Court entrance

5:30 pm - 6:25 pm              Statue Dance by Ginette, Morgan Great Hall 

5:30 pm - 7:45 pm              Silent Disco with DJ Michelle Bee, playing international,                                                                                                regional and local Hip-Hop music, Morgan Great Hall

5:30 pm                              Official program will begin with Khaiim Kelly, performances                                                                                          from DJ Stealth and The Lost Tribe.

6:15 pm                               Hip Hop Fashion Show

6:45 pm                              Amistad Center poetry performance inspired by our new                                                                                                exhibition, Love Overflowing: Home and the Décor of Freedom exhibition,

                                           Motley Study; Live-DJ music will continue in Avery Court during this time.

7:30 pm                              Final Performance by Abiodun Oyewole; and,

                                           The Khaiim and The Bap Pack (other local performers) .

The cost of tickets is $25. To purchase tickets, click the link below for Eventbrite:


With the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives funds from the federal ARPA.

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