Lead Curator, Hip Hop Museum DC
Ayanna Muhammad studied Arts Education at Grambling State University before attaining Masters Degrees in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago and Heritage Preservation/ Museum Studies from Georgia State University.
Curating a museum dedicated to the preservation of the culture of Hip Hop was a main goal of hers upon moving to the DC, area after traveling the world as a spoken word artist and filmmaker under the name Red Summer.
Currently, Ayanna is the Lead Curator for the Hip Hop Museum DC and the traveling exhibit which will be touring both nationally and internationally. She also teaches Mass Media and Filmmaking at Ron Brown High School in DC.
5 Elements of Story Telling at the Hip Hop Museum
Broad Street Ballroom
At the opening night of the Hip Hop Museum DC, the visitors and presenters and inductees created another layer of the experience that went beyond the exhibit. They talked to each other. Strangers stood around exhibits and debated, shared personal stories and relived memories connected to the collection. After the closing of the original exhibition, visitors, fans and artists were asked to send their stories via social media and a bank of oral and visual histories was built that will follow the exhibit and grow with it at each new location. 5 layers of storytelling existed in this experience. The exhibit began the conversation, experts and narrators shared their own perspectives and the audience was able to join in with the narrators and each other to round out the experience.