Families can immerse themselves in the many elements of hip-hop at the Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturday event Hip-Hop Hooray!, from 10 am–3 pm Saturday, December 1. Featured events include the performance Hip-Hop Elemental, Part I and II, during which Leah Nelson/Nubia hosts programs featuring talented hip-hop artists from the Twin Cities; a gallery performance by guest MCs Truth Maze and Tiyo Siyolo, who respond to David Hammons’ sculpture with poetic rhythms and beat-box sounds; dance sessions led by Aneka McMullen, Daylight, Dancin’ Dave, and members of Collective and Rhythm Queenz; a scratch and spin workshop led by DJ Stage One featuring turntablism tips from DJ Sy Diggs and Carnage; a presentation of stories with rhythm and rhyme by spoken-word artist Desdemona and father/son duo Jake + P.O.S.; a graffiti-inspired art lab activity led by Roger Cummings of Juxtaposition Arts; a film screening; and a gallery crawl.
Activities are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis from
10 am–3 pm. Gallery admission is free from 10 am–5 pm on Free First Saturday.
Free First Saturdays are for Families!
Activities recommended for kids ages 6–12.
Saturday, December 1, 10 am–3 pm
Families take a hands-on approach to learning the many elements of hip-hop—turntablism, aerosol art, MC’ing, B-boying/B-girling—while discovering the community oriented roots of this cultural movement. Teaching-artist, choreographer, and dancer Leah Nelson/Nubia guest-curated this all-star lineup of events.
Gallery Crawl: Flight Fantasy by David Hammons, 10 am–2 p
Learn about ways that David Hammons salvages materials from the street to make art.
Art-Making for the Entire Family: Aerosol Attack, 10 am–3 pm
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
Kids enjoy a graffiti-inspired activity led by Roger Cummings of Juxtaposition Arts.
Films: Hip-Hop Flix, 10 am–3 pm
U.S. Bank Orientation Lounge
Watch innovators of hip-hop dance and aerosol art in this looped film program.
Gallery Performance: Call & Response, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Guest MCs Truth Maze and Tiyo Siyolo respond to David Hammons’ sculpture with poetic rhythms and beat-box sounds.
Story Time: Urban Legends, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm
Stories are brought to you with rhythm and rhyme by spoken-word artist Desdemona and father/son duo Jake + P.O.S.
Dance: Catch the Soul Train, 10:30 am, 12:30 and 2:30 pm
Everybody get down on the dance floor! Do the hustle, catch the soul train, or glide to the electric slide in a series of 20-minute sessions led by Aneka McMullen.
Performance: Hip-Hop Elemental, Part I and II, 11 am and 1 pm
Old skool to new skool—the elements of hip-hop come together on the Cinema stage with talented artists from the Twin Cities. Hosted by Leah Nelson/Nubia.
Dance: Welcome to the Cipher!, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Watch, learn, and try out popping, locking, and breaking with Daylight, Dancin’ Dave, and members of Collective and Rhythm Queenz.
DJ Workshop: Scratch & Spin, 12 noon and 2 pm
Join DJ Stage One to find out more about the techniques and pioneers of turntablism, with a little help from DJ Sy Diggs and Carnage, the human beat-box. Audience participation encouraged.