Past Event

The Beast Program Series: BBoy BBQ and Breakdance Battle

The University of Hip-Hop and community welcome you to a celebration of hip-hop arts, social justice initiatives, and collectuve unity. A variety of Chicago hip-hop collectives will be presenting painting demonstrations, a breakdance competition, art exhibitions, and workshops. Lavie Raven, Prime-Minister of Education for the University of Hip-Hop, invites you to join UHipHop as “Healthy Independent People Helping Other People!”

Featuring: Spray Brigade Specialists, DJ Rogue on the Wheels of Steels, Open Breaking Floor and Battle, North Lawndale College Prep Students Exhibition, and Live Painting by Graffiti Artist, Desi Mundo (Oakland, CA). 

BBoy BBQ and Breakdance Battle is part of “The Beast” program series.

More on “The Beast” Exhibition and Artist John Preus:
“The Beast” is a new solo exhibition by Artist in Residence John Preus. “The Beast” structure will house a companion series of public events. Preus is best known for his work as the lead fabricator for Theaster Gates, and as the principal designer and builder of the Dorchester Projects’ Archive House. The exhibition features a two-story “architectural intervention,” designed with an open meeting space inside. Materials used in construction of The Beast were harvested from six recently closed Chicago Public Schools on the South Side. The structure will be used as a site for free public programming including storytelling, music, panel discussions, and lectures – aimed at rethinking public space for inquiry, public dialogue, and creative production.

For exhibit details and a complete schedule of companion programming, visit .