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Will Robinson
March 08, 2016 AT 09:05 PM EST

Q-Tip is making history with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The A Tribe Called Quest member was tapped as artistic director for the the Center’s inaugural Hip-Hop Culture series for the 2016-17 season. The Hi-ARTS partnership features six different events from July through June 2017. More programs will be announced in the future.

“With Hip Hop constantly changing and evolving, it is easy to forget the history and legacy that precede it,” Q-Tip said in a statement. “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.”

“In our role as a national cultural institution, we feel it is vital to recognize all of the performing arts in our programming,” Kennedy Center president Deborah F. Rutter said in a statement. “The history of Hip Hop and its development as an art form, and the complexity and importance of its impact on the arts landscape driving social and cultural awareness, has inspired us to have a more formal connection with our ongoing programming. By launching this series, we strive to spotlight these powerful traits through each program and to make them part of the Kennedy Center fabric as we look into the future.”

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The first set of programs are as follows.

  • Brave New Voices Youth Summit: July 12-16; Family Theater & Concert Hall
  • All The Way Live!: Oct. 12-16; Family Theater, 
  • Words, Beats & Life Teach-In: Nov. 3-5; Terrace Gallery
  • Top Notch: Nov. 5; Grand Foyer
  • DJ Spooky: Rebirth of a Nation: May 23, 2017; Eisenhower Theater
  • /peh-LO-tah/: June 5-11, 2017; Family Theater

For full program and ticket information, head to the Kennedy Center’s website.

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