Shanti Boyle is an intern with SAAM’s Office of External Affairs and Digital Strategies.
America Now is an annual one-day festival that celebrates art and history. This year’s theme, a Celebration of Music, will certainly require harmony between the hosts of the festival: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and National Portrait Gallery. On June 22nd, guests can spend the day exploring hip-hop’s effect on American life at the National Museum of American History and conclude the evening at the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum with a free concert.
In this Celebration of Music, hip-hop headlines. A topical and fitting genre to showcase, the festival almost follows a chronology, allowing participants to learn about hip-hop’s national impact and ending with a concert that exemplifies its current state.