DAM New York 2023

The Art and Practice of Managing Digital Media


Hot DAM! HIP-HOP at 50 is the New Kid on the Block

September 15, 11:10 AM EDT

It's hard to believe that Hip-Hop is celebrating its first 50 years. 

Many ‘disbelievers’ of the music and culture created by Black and Brown teenagers in The Bronx thought it was a passing trend, that would just fade away. They were wrong, and in 1999 The Schomburg Center was the first institution to start a special collection, dedicated just to Hip-Hop. 

Although Hip-Hop has now been around for decades, it is still the new kid on the block when it comes to archiving and preservation. And DAM plays a critical role in the burgeoning field of Hip-Hop preservation.

Join Martha Diaz, Founder, Chief Curator and Archivist at the Hip Hop Education Center as she shares a history of Hip-Hop archiving and collection, highlights the projects that have served as milestones in its development, and the important contribution DAM is making.

Hip-Hop museums are popping up all over – both in the physical world and in the Metaverse. Hip Hop is transforming and reimagining how we use archives and artifacts through the use of technology.

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