August 11, 1973 marks an epic moment in music history: the birth of hip hop music. Joining with national and international observances, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine presents ATL Park Jam, a one-day celebration of Atlanta’s rich, creative influence on hip hop’s 50 years, curated by Atlanta-born event production company RAPPORT.
On August 12, join emcee host Mike Sick for this family-friendly event, which will feature live music, food and an array of activities for all ages, including:
- Live aerosol art curated by Atlanta Style Writers and Cole One
- Old School to New School dance battle, hosted by Innerflow Studios and RedBull BC One champion Leo RA Soul
- Xclusive Percussion HBCU Drumline
- Freestyle Rap Sessions by Soul Food Cypher
- Open roller skate jam and demo from Sick on Skate crew with DJ Rasyrious
- Women’s-only rap cypher, presented by Pendulum Ink and Mickey Factz
- DJ sets powered by WREKing Crew All-Stars
- Cultural Catalyst Awards presented to the James Brown Estate and the “Mother of Rap” Millie Jackson
- Rum Punch Brunch DJ Prince Charm to close the evening
- Food Trucks and Craft Market
ATL Park Jam will not only elevate Atlanta’s homegrown hip hop talent past, present and future but also showcase the intersections of sustainability, public spaces and culture, which has been paramount to the city’s success as a cultural beacon and the BeltLine’s success as a public infrastructure project.
“This season of arts and culture programming on the BeltLine is the culmination of years of collaboration, relationship building and sincere investment into the visionary creators of this City, past and present. We honor the legacy of musical greatness Atlanta has cultivated by elevating and supporting its inheritors. It is an honor to be able to support the work RAPPORT is doing,” shared Miranda Kyle, Arts & Culture Program Manager for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
“We’re extremely excited to present ATL Park Jam: a truly unique event that highlights and celebrates the myriad of ways Georgia and the City of Atlanta have been integral to Hip-Hop as we celebrate the culture’s 50th anniversary. From the Bankhead bounce to the latest Tik-Tok dance craze, it is undeniable that Atlanta remains influential to Hip-Hop culture. This Park Jam is a special moment that brings all the homegrown elements together and honors the Georgia-born Architects of our culture. Part homecoming and part cookout, but all flavor – there’s something for everyone at ATL Park Jam.” – Alex Acosta, RAPPORT
The event will take place on Saturday, August 12 from 12pm-8pm at Adair Park II, 820 Murphy Ave SW Atlanta, GA. 30310.
More information, including the full schedule of events, can be found at atlparkjam.com.
The 2023 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition is presented by Northside Hospital. Additional sponsors include Ponce City Market at the Platinum level; Delta at the Gold level; Cox Enterprises and Empire Communities at the Silver level; and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at the Bronze level.
This program is supported in part by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.