Arts, Culture, and Humanities


Quick Facts

Bronx, NY


The Universal Hip Hop Museum's mission is to teach, engage and inspire audiences around the world through the creativity and power of Hip Hop Culture.

The UHHM carries out its mission by giving voice to the stories of the people, events and artifacts that shaped the five elements of Hip Hop — through digital collections, virtual exhibits, interviews, pop-up experiences, award shows, and a wide array of innovative educational programs and activities, bringing new understanding, fresh interpretation and scholarship to the world's most popular culture of our time.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Daniel Bucano

Chairman of The Board

Kurtis Walker

Main Address

PO Box 6001

Bronx, NY 10451 USA


preservation, cultural arts, education, production





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

History Museums (A54)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Programs + Results

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The art form of Hip Hop emerged from the thirst to promote peace, unity and artistic expression. As it evolved, artists began to use it to create social narratives around issues that plague our communities, like marginalization, racism, poverty and global injustice. Hip Hop, the seed that was planted in the Bronx, has blossomed to become a vibrant culture that pervades every aspect of our lives. Currently, in addition to music, we see Hip Hop reflected in fashion, architecture, advertisements, dance and politics. The Universal Hip Hop Museum is both a digital and physical space, designed to offer the world an immersive experience that will celebrate the Hip Hop's history, as well as spark the innovation of the future.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Griot Circle

Hip Hop Collaborative Education Project

Educational Symposiums

Educator Coaching and Professional Development

UHHM Cares

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Charting Impact

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As an educational institution, the goals of the Universal Hip Hop Museum are multi-faceted. Our goals acknowledge the expansiveness of the art form and its relevance in many different sectors. Our primary goal is to serve as an archive for music, artifacts, photographs and narratives, that represent the history of Hip Hop. UHHM also strives to offer educational symposiums and experiences that allow community to members to enhance their perspective and understanding of topics that affect the state of the world, particularly marginalized communities. The museum will also serve as a space for artists to hone their skills in the 4 elements of Hip Hop culture: emceeing, deejaying, street artistry and B-boying/B-girling. Finally, UHHM will serves as a medium for scholarship on the impact of Hip Hop culture on our educational systems and communities. The museum will sponsor White papers and empirical studies designed to explore these topics.

The Universal Hip Hop museum aims to meet the aforementioned goals by using the physical museum as an archive. Artists, collectors and historians have begun to donate pieces of Hip Hop culture and history. These are materials being cataloged and will subsequently be used to create interactive exhibits. The museum has also partnered with a number of educational institutions, including the New York City Department of Education to offer programs for youth and educators. These programs are currently in its pilot stage, but the leadership team anticipates a full launch in the upcoming year. In 2016, the Universal Hip Hop Museum sponsored its 16 Bars 4 Hip Hop challenge in which up and coming artists were able to submit entries. This competition culminated in an album that featured the both new and established emcees. It is currently being sold on iTunes and the UHHM website. Beginning in the summer of 2017, UHHM has sponsored educational panels. The first in this series entitled, "Has Hip Hop Lost Its Political Voice?"discussed the current state of the art form and how it is being utilized in the political sphere. Upcoming panels will address issues of physical and mental health that affecting the Hip Hop community. This year, UHHM will begin to collect qualitative and quantitative data from program participants. The results will be used to support future research studies sponsored by the museum.

Although, the Universal Hip Hop Museum is not fully staffed. It has secured partnerships with a number of institutions and corporations that are intellectually and financially supporting the organization in meetings its goals. UHHM also has an advisory board of leaders in the fields of art acquisition, marketing, development, architecture and education who are leading the development of the museum's current ventures and initiatives. The museum has also created a Spotfund campaign to support programming and the construction of the UHHM building. In addition to that fundraising push, proceeds from the sales of 16 Bars 4 Hip Hop album are being utilized to support UHHM's goals.

The Universal Hip Hop Museum has constructed its fundraising efforts based on estimations included in the museum's proposed three year budget. All capital campaigns are aligned with meeting those financial goals. UHHM is also committed to collecting data that tracks the impact of the museum's sponsored programs. Demographic information, along with pre and post surveys will be collected at all UHHM events. Also, the curriculum developed through the Hip Hop Collaborative Education project will include initial and post assessments for each lesson. Therefore, educators will be able to gauge skill attainment and retention through participation in the program.

In its initial year, the Universal Hip Hop Museum has made great gains. It has developed a framework for the museum based on "design ciphers" that were held in New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles. These plans will be used to influence the architectural design and exhibit creation of the museum. UHHM has sponsored its first 16 Bars 4 Hip Hop competition and released a critically acclaimed album. The museum has robust online platforms, including 4 active social media pages and an online webpage. UHHM has convened its first educational symposium at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, NY. The organization has also sponsored a number of musical events including the "Kurtis Blow and Friends Concert" at NJPAC. A pilot of the Hip Hop Collaborative Education Project was launched in the Bronx in spring 2017. UHHM also hosted a pre-screening of the film, "All Eyez on Me at the University of Southern California. The Universal Hip Hop Museum is proud to not only be making an impact on the East Coast, but to also have a secure footprint on the West Coast. In the future, UHHM is excited to break ground on the brick and mortar museum. It will also continue to host educational panels on topics that are affecting our global community. The museum's first black tie fundraiser will take place in October 2017. It will be followed up by UHHM's Icon Awards in January 2018. The Hip Hop Collaborative Education Project will fully launch in the New York City Department of Education in 2018. Outcomes measurement is a priority for the museum, so its Educational Program Development Committee will be working to implement data collection strategies for all UHHM sponsored initiatives. The museum also plans to publish a White paper at the close of 2018.

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