Hip Hop is in the Building: Archie Green Seeks to Put His Own Spin on Outreach and Engagement at MoCA Cleveland

Mostly known for his work as a rapper and mental health advocate, Archie Green has quietly been making waves as the newly minted Community Outreach & Programs Manager at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA Cleveland) and is dedicated to giving a voice to those who often go unheard.

And he’s doing it his way.

“I am in charge of curating adult programs as well as public programs that tie into ongoing exhibitions in the museum and MoCA’s commitment to community engagement and community outreach efforts,” Green says via interview.

He comes into the position looking to put a new spin on things, a vision he had before the possibility of working at MoCA even came to fruition.

“The main thing that I would like to do with regards to my position at MoCA would be to inject some new and innovative, creative programming that I haven’t seen,” Green says. “Before I even got the job, it was a place where I would love to see some dope programs at. So to be able to do something like that in this capacity is super dope. My goal is to put together some great programs and to invite people who’ve never been to MoCA out to the museum for some dope and engaging programs.”

With hip-hop being so much a part of his life, Green is intent on bringing that to his new position at MoCA as well.

“I also want to push the culture forward,” Green says. “With the events I have lined up, these are some events that have never been done before. I’m excited to bring that new energy and to infuse as much of my career background in hip-hop and even the banking world into the art space at MoCA.”

The first of those ideas is a series called eCLEctic: Wax Poetics. The series will seek to connect people with global cultural trends through the NEO artists and producers pushing them forward here and beyond.

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