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History Meets Hip Hop

Dear America

Arts Fest Fridays presents “Dear America: History Meets Hip-Hop at the Tang Museum,” an evening of eclectic historic- and election-themed entertainment including vintage campaign songs from musician/artist Brian Dewan, hip-hop poets and performers from Saratoga Springs High School and Skidmore College, and historic reenactors from across the Capital Region. This free, family-friendly event takes place within the exhibit “A More Perfect Union,” which includes American flags collected in all 50 states by artist Mel Ziegler.

Featured performers at the “Dear America” event include:

*  Brian Dewan, a multi-media artist who produces music, audio-visual performances, filmstrips, and musical instruments, and has worked with everyone from rock band They Might Be Giants to performance artists Blue Man Group to Sesame Street.

*  Saratoga Springs High School students Synclaire Rowen, Nick Lahut, and Daniel Irizarry — known respectively by stage names Scrambled, Niko and Cryptic – will convey their thoughts about America in rap lyrics.

*  Historic reenactors, portraying a wide array of figures including Solomon Northup, Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, Susan B. Anthony and many more, will be mingling with the crowds.

Arts Fest Fridays are a series of multi-genre, multi-generational events that have different themes, producers and locations each time out. The “Dear America” event at the Tang Teaching Museum is produced by: Skidmore College Dean of Special Programs Paul Calhoun; Albany-based artist Samson Contompasis; Tang Museum Educator for College and Public Programs Megan Hyde; Yaddo Communications and Events Manager Tristan Kirvin; and Skidmore College professor Adam Tinkle.

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Friday, November 4, 2016
5:00PM to 7:30PM
Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College


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