June 16, 2023
Partnership Celebrates 50 Years of Hip-Hop Through Street Art Across New York City
new york – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced a formal partnership with LISA Project NYC to create 50 murals in all five boroughs celebrating 50 years of hip-hop. New York City, the birthplace of this cultural movement, celebrates his 50-year history through street art, a hallmark of hip-hop culture. The artists will be curated by LISA Project NYC, with consulting curation from Marie Flageul, John “Crash” Matos, and New York City. The mural he began installing in early July and will continue through Labor Day. All locations have been scouted through his LISA Project NYC, and he plans to host free block parties and artist roundtables along with murals five times in each borough over the course of the year. LISA Project NYC is currently supported by the New York City Small Business Services Bureau (SBS), the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the New York City Transit Authority (DOT), the New York City Media Department, and the Entertainment (MOME) and Local Business Improvement District murals. and discuss locations for block parties. Neighborhood area and artist selection will be announced soon.
“When hip-hop was first born in the South Bronx, it gave voice to the voiceless,” he said. Mayor Adams. “That voice has taken the form of not only rhymes and raps, but also visual street art that decorates and inspires New York City. We are proud to spread this to our districts and at the same time celebrate the global cultural power that began here on our streets.”
“From beatboxing and breakdancing to rhythm and rhyme, hip-hop taught people how to turn pain into purpose, telling stories of starting at the bottom and reaching the top,” he said. First Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright. “Street art helped New Yorkers express themselves nearly 50 years ago, and today we are celebrating that tradition. We are proud to partner with LISA Project NYC to spread love and art.”
“As a proud Bronx native and avid hip-hop enthusiast, I am truly honored to be working with the City of New York and the Mayor’s Office to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this cultural phenomenon, hip-hop, through public art.” . Ray Rosa, LISA Project NYC Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer. “LISA Project NYC is thrilled to showcase the vibrancy and diversity of hip-hop culture in all five boroughs, and we look forward to inspiring the next generation of artists and creators through this celebration.”
“We are extremely honored to curate and produce the public art component of this momentous celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop,” he said. Wayne Rada, Executive Director and Curator, LISA Project NYC. “This initiative is a testament to the transformative power of art and its ability to connect communities, celebrate cultural heritage, and inspire generations. We aim to create immersive experiences that pay homage to our pioneers while leaving a lasting impact on the minds and hearts of all who encounter them. Let’s unite to make waves.”
“Art inspires our children and fills our souls, and nothing better illustrates it than the origin story of hip-hop,” he said. New York City Department of Education Secretary David C. Banks. “Hip-hop began in a New York City public school with students pushing the boundaries of self-expression. His 50 years of hip-hop and its impact on our schools, our education system, and the world. I am honored to be able to celebrate the
“I witnessed the birth of hip-hop,” he said New York City Youth and Community Development Commissioner Keith Howard. “If you live in the Bronx, you can walk to Cedar Park and watch DJ Kool Herc drown out all the challenges with tower speakers, or LL Cool J react to cannibus and smash it. You can also wait to pay tribute to hip-hop legends and support the evolution of hip-hop.We are thrilled to see Lisa Project NYC’s collection of citywide murals. And we believe this collection will continue to inspire the young people of our city to further their talents and provide a glimpse into the history of one of the most influential genres of all time.”
“The history of hip-hop is closely tied to New York City’s creative inhabitants, some of whom have founded hip-hop, from its origins at New York City’s Sedgwick House to today’s global culture. Some have grown up,” he said. NYCHA Interim CEO Lisa Bova-Hyatt. “Lisa Project NYC, like LISA Project NYC, NYCHA celebrates the power of art and community building through mural projects at many of its facilities. We are excited about this new partnership between LISA Project NYC and New York City. We look forward to working with the city around these 50 murals.”
“Hip-hop in New York City has created a new intersection of art and commerce, transformed our neighborhoods, and helped artists become entrepreneurs,” he said. SBS Commissioner Kevin D. Kim. “Small Business Services is excited to work with LISA Project NYC and our agency partners to celebrate hip hop and their contributions to bringing equity to the city’s economy.”
“Fifty years ago, the pioneers of hip-hop sparked a movement that uplifted communities and transformed our culture.” DOT Director Idanis Rodriguez. “This amazing partnership will beautify our streets and show how street art enhances New York City’s vibrant public spaces. , and our sister institution, LISA Project NYC.”
LISA Project NYC is a public art charity dedicated to transforming urban spaces through engaging street, graffiti and contemporary art murals. By partnering with renowned artists, property owners, leading brands, and community organizations, LISA Project NYC has helped revitalize neighborhoods, foster civic pride, and create stronger connections between art and community. rice field. Through its unwavering commitment to inclusivity, creativity, and social impact, LISA Project NYC continues to push the boundaries of public art, leaving an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of New York City and beyond. Marie Frazour, a visionary curator and advocate for his culture of hip hop, famous for his work at 5ptz, Long Island City, and the Street Art Museum, who consulted his LISA Project NYC about the mural and John “Crush” Matos from the Bronx. A legendary graffiti artist known for his explosive, vibrant style and lasting influence on his urban art scene.