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Hip Hop: A Black Tie Affair

Hip Hop: A Black Tie Affair

Elegance. Art. Culture.

The Wheeling YWCA and Wheeling Heritage invite you to Hip Hop: A Black Tie Affair on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Wheeling Artisan Center. This event celebrates the art form of Hip-Hop and the culture associated with it in several forms.

Click here to view our open calls for art submissions.

Why a “Black Tie Affair”?

The term “Black Tie Affair” is often reserved for formal evening events. As an art form, hip-hop has not been traditionally regarded as a genre worthy of such reverence, and we want to change that. For this event, “black tie” simply means to wear your most formal attire. While formal attire is encouraged, no one will be turned away or discouraged from attending due to attire.

Admission is free, however, donations are accepted. For questions, contact Ron Scott Jr. at or 304-232-0511 Ext. 37.

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Schedule of Events

Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Wheeling Artisan Center

  • 6:00 p.m.

    'The Mixtape' Art Exhibition

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: If you would like to have your artwork displayed at this event, complete the artist submission form no later than Friday, Feb. 9. This is a juried exhibition. Artists will be contacted regarding their acceptance into the show on a rolling basis as applications are received.

    Applications for this event have closed.

  • 7:00 p.m.

    Screening of “1 of 1”

    This video is a compilation of acapella 16-bar verses submitted by MCs who use hip-hop as a medium to creatively express themselves. The prompt “1 of 1” encourages artists to reflect on what makes them unique as an artist and individual. Topics should include anything that makes the MC standout amongst those around them, lyrically demonstrating how they stand alone as their own creative masterpiece. A true 1 of 1. 

    Interested artists can contact Ron Scott at for more information and to submit their video files. 

    Artists are asked to keep in mind that this is a public event open to all ages, so please be mindful of profanity

  • 8:00 p.m.

    House Music and DJ Battle

    More information coming soon!

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Hip Hop Gallery

Call for Artists : ‘The Mixtape’

Mixtape – a compilation of music, typically from multiple sources, recorded onto a medium.

In the 1970s – just as hip-hop was emerging as a new genre – the mixtape was an essential tool for rap artists to discover new beats, gain exposure, and share their work. Thanks, in part, to the spread of mixtapes, hip-hop has evolved into a form of creative expression rooted in resourcefulness, artistry, and style.

In the spirit of what the mixtape represents to hip-hop music, Wheeling Heritage and the Wheeling YWCA are proud to present “The Mixtape” exhibit at the third Hip Hop: A Black Tie Affair on Friday, Saturday 24 at the Wheeling Artisan Center Gallery.

The Mixtape invites artists to create their own visual and conceptual mixtape, bringing together elements of hip-hop culture through their chosen art form. Whether it’s the beats of music, the creativity of fashion, the bold statements of graffiti, or any other element that speaks to you—this exhibit will showcase the far-reaching influence hip-hop continues to have on culture.

The Artisan Center Gallery invites artists of all levels of experience to submit their work. All mediums considered. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 9. Click the button below to apply.

Applications for this event have closed.

Important Dates

  • Feb. 9 – Deadline for submissions
  • Feb. 12 – Final notification of accepted entries
  • Feb. 19 – Deadline for delivery of accepted artwork
  • Feb. 24 – Exhibit opening
  • March 9 – Exhibit closes
  • March 12 – Any unsold artwork available for pickup
  • March 15 – Pickup and return shipping of artwork to be completed by this date

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