This exhibit was prepared to accompany the Step Afrika! dance company coming to Gibraltar and DCA. It provides an opportunity to experience and reflect on the power of rhythm as a tool of communication. Step Afrika’s performances are based on body percussions and the use of rhythm to communicate a message.
The artwork in the exhibit was created by Gibraltar elementary, middle, and high school students in response to rhythms of various pieces of music played for them in their art classes.
The Behind the Beat exhibit panels are on loan (thru January 23, 2017) from the African American Museum of Iowa. They explore the development of African American music from its roots in Africa to modern-day hip-hop.