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Saluting 50 Years of Hip Hop at The Oculus

Westfield World Trade Center is celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip hop with a program of free events at the Oculus’ “Creative Spaces” studio including live painting, participatory art, dance with DJ beats, rap, and much more!

A party in the Bronx on August 11th, 1973 is widely considered to be the birthplace of hip-hop. The art form has since touched every corner of our world and evolved into one of the most significant cultural forces today. 


Westfield World Trade Center is celebrating with a slate of free events that kicked off last week at the Oculus’ Creative Space studio with immersive and interactive experiences for the whole family including live painting, participatory art, dance with DJ beats, rap, and much more!

Events and performances themed around the five elements of hip hop: MCing, DJing, Breakdancing, Graffiti, and Knowledge, all spotlighted the talents of local artists including Meccagodzilla, MC Maniphes, Melanie Aguirre, Micaela Gonzalez, Lance Johnson, Shaniqua Benites, Vanessa Daley, and Barry Mason.

Hundreds of visitors from across the city and around the world celebrated the huge cultural milestone by contributing to massive murals, while enjoying dance, music, and having opportunity to meet and learn from local artists! The artwork remains on display in the Oculus’ Creative Spaces studio through August 27.

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50 YEARS ‘til INFINITY, A SALUTE TO HIP HOP! was curated and programmed by the hugely talented artist Lance Johnson in collaboration with Westfield World Trade Center’s presenting partner, Art on the Ave, founded by NYC creative powerhouse Barbara Anderson.

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