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In celebration of the Exhibit opening, we have an amazing series of events that will start in October and stretch well into November, which is Washington State Hip Hop History Month.

Through collaboration with community partners, talent featured in the exhibit, and local artists, guests will:
• Be introduced to (and celebrate) the amazing photographers that documented the rise and dominance of hip hop in pop culture.
• Learn how photography played a critical role in bringing Hip Hop’s visual culture to the global stage.
• Learn about the cultural, societal, and artistic impact of Hip Hop.
• Get to explore their own creativity as they join us for some Hip Hop inspired art activities.

Megan Thee Stallion Paint n Sip

Paint & Sip with Claudia Villalobos

Friday, November 5 | Virtual | 6:00pm PT | Pay-What-You-Can

Paint a rarely seen photograph of megastar Megan Thee Stallion from the Contact High exhibition. Join us from the comfort of your home for a virtual Paint Night hosted by Claudia Villalobos.

Grab your favorite beverage, nod your head and tap your foot with every brush stroke as one of MoPOP's favorite DJs, the talented DJ Sir Juan joins us virtually to spin and scratch some of your favorite hits, features, and remixes on the turntables.

A pay-what-you-can ticket includes this livestream event with Claudia Villalobos and DJ Sir Juan and, contributes to MoPOP’s programming, education, and mission. Participants should also plan to purchase a kit of art supplies for $35 by October 29, or download a free tracing template utilizing paint and canvas supplies you already own.


About Claudia Villalobos 

Born and raised in the 206, Claudia couldn't be any prouder of her PNW roots! She is passionate about introducing all Youth to the ARTS community and the possibilities of all art mediums. Claudia hosts Creative Art sessions for underprivileged youth and out-of-the-box thinkers to explore the possibility of incorporating art into their lives in hopes that it could be a positive outlet for our Future Youth. Her love of art encouraged her to create Glow Girls. Glow Girls is a nonprofit that empowers young ladies to express themselves through hands-on art activities, inspiring them to be creative in their own unique way.

Instagram: @claudiavdesigns

Megan Thee Stallion photo by Sam Balaban

About the Photo and Photographer

The Megan Thee Stallion photo that inspired our paint-and-sip activity was taken by Sam Balaban, a photographer and director based in New Jersey who's has not only been featured n the International Center of Photography, the Annenberg Space for Photography, and select exhibits in New York City and Los Angeles, but will also be in our Contact High: A Visual History of Hip Hop exhibit.


Sha-Rock Conversation

A Conversation with Sha Rock: Mother of the Mic

Friday, November 19 | Virtual | 6:00PM | Pay-What-You-Can
Sha Rock began her career as a breakdancer (or b-girl) but made her name as a skilled MC and battle veteran. A member of the Funky 4 + 1, she is the first female MC to receive a record contract and is often referred to as the Mother of the Mic. The Funky 4 + 1’s 1980 hit “That’s the Joint” was named the greatest Hip Hop song of all time by Rolling Stone. A Washington State Hip Hop History Month Celebration event.


Contact High Updates

Learn more about Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop and check out even more content about your favorite pop culture topics!