Welcome to the Dojo

Become immersed in Hip-Hop culture in OMCA’s interactive space

As RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom proves, Hip-Hop is more than just music—it’s a cultural movement with far-reaching effects and influences. So RESPECT wouldn’t be true to the spirit of Hip-Hop if the exhibition didn’t allow visitors to engage with Hip-Hop’s many aspects.

The Hip-Hop Dojo embodies the principle of “show, don’t tell.” In the Dojo, visitors can experiment, practice, and perform. To help visitors get in the right headspace, the gallery includes an immersive, multi-projector media environment featuring video artwork by Los Angeles-based DJ Mike Relm.

Other experiences in the Dojo include:

•  Learn the basics of Hip-Hop dancing by following along with experts projected on a screen
•  Perch on bleachers to hang out and watch others perform below
•  Play chess and other games that, like Hip-Hop, require discipline and skill
•  Try out the art of graffiti by adding your message to a wall of color and art
•  Get your hands on real mixing and beat-making equipment or try your hand at scratching. Check OMCA’s calendar to find out about demonstrations and events  in this space

Demonstrations, workshops, and cyphers will occur in the Dojo throughout the run of RESPECT, so every visit will be a new and distinctly Hip-Hop experience.

Sanford Biggers, Mandala of the B-Bodhisattva II. (Photography: Video still courtesy of the Sanford Biggers and David Castillo Gallery.)

RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom is supported in part by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and members of the Donor Forum.


Discover Hip-Hop’s deep Oakland roots, and the unexpected story of its journey from the streets to mainstream pop culture in OMCA’s new exhibition.

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