Celebrating 4 Ways Hip Hop Moves Us

This year's conference is designed around four main theme areas listed below.


Film and photography have long played a critical role in documenting and disseminating hip hop culture—from the photography of Jamel Shabazz to music videos like Run DMC’s “Walk This Way” to movies like Beat Street. Today, artists use visual mediums to blur the lines between fine art and street art, proving that the two are not mutually exclusive.

This track invites filmmakers, photographers, visual artists, film critics/writers, and visual enthusiasts who explore the varied ways that hip hop has taken over our screens, both small and large.  Get ready for workshops, film screenings, and panel discussions!


What does wellness and sustainability look like in and outside of the classroom? What ways can Hip Hop be embraced so support mental health and liberation?

This track really showcases Hip Hop genius as presenters reveal the various ways they center it in their practice as artists and educators.  


Hip Hop has been the soundtrack for protests in the streets across the globe.  So what does Hip Hop for social transformation and civic engagement look like for you? And how are is Hip Hop making moves to spark social change by playing a vital role in transformative education?  

Check out how Hip Hop artists and educators around the globe are proving that Hip Hop will continue to be a powerful force in education in various contexts.    


From Birth to Earth, money rules our daily lives.  We need to constantly enhance our understanding of finances and embrace our relationship with money so that it enhances our lives, not control it. 

Join us in a variety of sessions where we cover the history of financial policy in America, dissect the financial concepts you need to know and behaviors you need to follow no matter where you are on your money journey, and discuss funky finances along with ways to finesse your net worth.



A multi-day event to celebrate how Hip Hop 
keeps us connected and moving  forward

Thursday, May 20 | 6-8PM EST


Join us for a screening of Wonderland and a panel conversation on Hip Hip and placemaking featuring artists, activists, and elected officials from Massachusetts and California. 

Friday, May 21 | 7-9:30PM EST


A space to gather, meet new friends, and appreciate incredible Hip Hop art that keeps us moving and grooving together. Featuring a performance and fireside chat with SAMMUS.

Saturday, May 22 | 10AM-8PM EST


A day-long event featuring presentations and workshops from Hip Hop artists, educators, and scholars making moves in financial literacy, film and visual media, sustainability, educational innovation, and global advancement of Hip Hop culture.