[BLACK]nificence: An Exploration of Black Impact Through Hip-Hop Culture
(February 2023) ---- [BLACK]niﬁcence, a molting of two exceptional concepts – Blackness and Magniﬁcence, celebrates Black History Month with history and innovation like never before seen in the city of Dayton. Curated by Scripted in Black (SIB),the interactive exhibit submerges guests into the undeniable presence and impact of hip hop culture through history. This visual exhibition of historic occurrences for the culture through time, grafﬁti workshop, and live music performances welcomes citizens of all ages and walks of life to come fellowship, be receptive to the knowledge shared, and celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop and Blackness, TOGETHER!
[BLACK]niﬁcence is a full-bodied creative exploration event that addresses and dissects different aspects of both the history and personiﬁcation of Hip-Hop music and culture. The visual timeline exhibition, curated by the SIB Team and special creative collaborator Krate Digga, will be open to the public February 23th - March 24th at the main library, in Opportunity Space B, accessible during regular business hours.
In addition to the visual history, an exclusive, hands-on grafﬁti workshop will take place at the library during [BLACK]niﬁcence, from 1:00 PM -2:30 PM in Opportunity Space B. This limited space workshop, facilitated by artist Art No Bart, will be offered to students currently enrolled in the public high schools across Dayton. The objective of this workshop is to teach students how to effectively draw out the basic lettering and symbols that are foundational in the grafﬁti art world.
The evenings will feature performances featuring LYVE.LYRICS, a high vibe live music and performance showcase featuring some of the hottest talent in Ohio. The talent showcase, will be hosted by Dionte Allen will include DJ LilRatchet$oul on the 1s and 2s, plus the musical and dance talents of artists like SimplyGrizz, TravHen, Dayton Funk Lab, Trigno, and FloGodSkip.
In an effort to ensure that there is something to enjoy for everyone, there will also be opportunities to shop Black, with local clothing vendors who will be setting up stations in the Eichelberger Forum from 6:00 PM -8:00 PM. Suggested Audience is 18+; all youth must be accompanied by an adult.
Scripted In Black is beyond excited to bring this event to the community as we continue to celebrate Black History beyond! All experiences, with the exception of the closed grafﬁti workshop are free and open to the public!