RESPECT Hip-Hop Dojo Programs

In the Dojo space inside RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom, visitors can experiment, practice, and perform, as well as attend demonstrations, workshops, and cyphers throughout the exhibition's run. Take a look at the series below to see our calendar of events inside the Dojo.

All events below are included with special exhibition Museum admission (a $4 charge in addition to general admission); on Friday Nights, general admission is half-off for adults and free for 18 and younger, plus the $4 fee.

Advance online tickets for RESPECT are recommended to access the Dojo; choose your date and desired hour of entry. There are no separate tickets or reservations needed to attend Dojo events.

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Flow: Hip-Hop Yoga
Friday, April 6, 5:30–6:45 pm
Friday, May 4, 5:30–6:45 pm
Friday, June 1, 5:30–6:45 pm
Friday, July 6, 5:30–6:45 pm
Friday, August 3, 5:30–6:45 pm


Want to bring together your love of Hip-Hop and mindful movement—or better breath control on the mic and greater endurance on stage? Come practice your core strength on every first Friday of the month inside the Hip-Hop Dojo. Relax and build your skills with “Your Local Yoga Dealer” Shakira while you discover the shared principles between the grounding of the mind and body. All levels welcome. Bring your own mat.


Chop It Up
Saturday, April 28, 3–5 pm
Saturday, May 26, 3–5 pm
Saturday, June 30, 3–5 pm
Saturday, July 28, 3–5 pm


In Hip-Hop culture, the barbershop is known as a community hub for news and debate. Gather around the Barbershop space inside the gallery to learn from guest speakers focusing on new topics each month. Explore unexpected aspects of Hip-Hop culture, like martial arts and wellness. 


Cypher Sunday
Sunday, April 1, 1–3:30 pm
Sunday, April 15, 1–3:30 pm
Sunday, May 6, 1–3:30 pm
Sunday, May 20, 1–3:30 pm
Sunday, June 3, 1–3:30 pm
Sunday, June 17, 1–3:30 pm
Sunday, July 1, 1–3:30 pm
Sunday, July 15, 1–3:30 pm
Sunday, August 12, 1–3:30 pm


In Hip-Hop, free styling is the art of lyrical improvisation and a cypher is a circle with no visible beginning or ending. Test out your freestyling skills–rapping, dancing, or beatboxing—and come watch and support others in this participatory event series taking place inside the Hip-Hop Dojo.  Participants take turns offering thoughts off the top of their heads in the form of rhyme while a guest DJ spins, and guest hosts will facilitate the experience based on a specific topic each time. Come share your lyrics, ideas, and sounds. Sign-up onsite to join the cypher. All ages, all skill-levels encouraged.

Note: On First Sundays, general admission is a suggested donation of $5 per person, plus an additional $4 charge for access to special exhibition RESPECT. No advance online tickets are available for First Sundays. Your contribution helps us provide access to other visitors in the community.


Hip-Hop Trivia
Friday, April 20, 6:30–8 pm
Friday, May 18, 6:30–8 pm
Friday, June 15, 6:30–8 pm
Friday, July 20,  6:30–8 pm


Think you know Hip-Hop? Test and expand your knowledge of the culture every third Friday in the Hip-Hop Dojo. Topics will include fashion, politics, history, and more. Bring a friend to round out your answers—and don’t forget to study up with the exhibition’s Reading Room on your next visit. Drop-ins welcome. 


Mic Check/Checkmate
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 2–5 pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 2–5 pm
Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 2–5 pm
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 2–5 pm


Check out the strong ties between Hip-Hop and chess communities in this event series inside special exhibition RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom. Refine your own skills of discipline, precision, and mastery by joining chess games open to all. 


Plug ‘n’ Play
Every Friday night from April 6 to August 10, 6–8 pm

Each week during Friday Nights @ OMCA, a rotating list of guest DJs take over the Hip-Hop Dojo to demonstrate live sets inside RESPECT. This weekly event series created in collaboration with San Francisco’s The DJ Project features local DJs to give visitors a taste of the vast musical genre of Hip-Hop. Get down to Bay Area classics, international crossover hits, and underground unsung legends, among other topics.


Don't forget to check out our Events calendar to see all our offerings, including guided public tours, special programs, and more. 


RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom is on view March 24–August 12, 2018.