The Community of Harlem has a rich history of Arts & Cultural contributions. The Harlem Renaissance has influenced artists, poets, scholars, educators, politicians, fashion, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and community leaders from New York City throughout the world. Hip Hop Music & Culture will now join that legacy in Harlem as the Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum is set to open up its offices on the historic 125th St. There will be a press & community open-house event scheduled to kick-off the Hip Hop History Month Celebration in November.
The office space will include a classroom and broadcast studio for the non-profit Museum & Educational Institutions programs and classes being designed for local youth under its Hip Hop Arts Academy banner. Classes will begin this fall with a Fashion Design and Entrepreneurship class for youth to learn the fashion business and design techniques to launch their own creations and brands. Students will be trained by industry professionals with special celebrity guest speakers, and graduate with their very own online e-commerce store teaching valuable skills, entrepreneurship, job creation and business management. All classes will include a ‘Life-Skills Module’ teaching young people about personal development, family and professional values & etiquette, college prep, career prep, financial literacy, homeownership, and entrepreneurship. Classes will range from 6-10 weeks and be in-conjunction with our Harlem Business, Community, Arts, Cultural, Media, and Educational Program Partners.
‘The program curriculums are currently being designed and prepared to launch first class this fall with all classes online in 2016,’ stated Pierre Voltaire, the Educational Program Coordinator Consultant.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum is scheduled to secure ownership of its Harlem Museum building site by December 2015 and open in late 2016. ‘The site will be unveiled to the public at a VIP Reception during the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show Week November 28th – December 4th 2015, closing out Hip Hop History Month activities,’ stated HHHOF Chairman JT Thompson, the Creator-Producer of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Show that aired on BET in the 1990s.
The Harlem Hip Hop Museum will feature a Hall of Fame, Museum, Retail Gift Shop, Restaurant, Sports Bar, Concert Lounge, TV Studios, Offices, and house the Hip Hop Arts Academy. The Proceeds from the Annual Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Induction Ceremony & Concert TV Special will benefit the development and operation of the HHHOF.