Washington D.C. – Q-Tip has been named the first Artistic Director for Hip Hop Culture by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, according to a press release.
The center is partnering with Hi-ARTs to host its inaugural Hip Hop series as part of the John F. Kennedy Centennial Celebration.
“With Hip Hop constantly changing and evolving, it is easy to forget the history and legacy that precede it,” Q-Tip says. “I want to begin at the beginning of the Culture to help people see its roots, better understand its present, and responsibly create its future.”
Q-Tip began his music career in the 1980s as a member of A Tribe Called Quest with Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White.
He remains active as a producer and hosts his own Beats 1 radio show, Abstract Radio.
The Kennedy Center’s Hip Hop series is slated to feature five events, including a spoken word summit, dance workshops and live performances.
The 2016-2017 Hip Hop Culture series schedule is below:
Brave New Voices Youth Summit – July 12-16 – Family Theater, Concert Hall
All the Way Live! – October 12-16 – Family Theater
Words, Beats & Life Teach-In – November 3-5 – Terrace Gallery
Top Notch – November 5 – Grand Foyer
DJ Spooky: Rebirth of a Nation – May 23 – Eisenhower Theater
/peh-LO-tah/ – June 5-11 – Family Theater