Atlanta BeltLine Celebrates Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary with Day-Long “ATL Park Jam”

Saturday, August 12 | Noon – 8 p.m. | Adair Park II

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s Art on the Atlanta BeltLine presents ATL Park Jam, a one-day celebration of Atlanta’s deep, rich and unique influence on hip hop’s 50 years, curated by Atlanta-born event production company RAPPORT. The event, happening Saturday, August 12, marks 50 years almost to the day it all began – August 11, 1973 – and will be amongst observances happening around the country and world in celebration.

Hosted by emcee Mike Sick, the family-friendly event will feature live music, food and an array of activities for all ages, including:

  • Live aerosol art curated by Atlanta Style Writers and Cole Only
  • Old School to New School dance battle, hosted by Innerflow Studios and RedBull BC One champion Leo RA Soul
  • Atlanta Hip Hop Pioneer DJ Jelly
  • Xclusive Percussion HBCU Drumline
  • Freestyle Rap Sessions by Soul Food Cypher
  • Rolling In the Lab with DJ Nabs open skate session
  • Roller skate demo from Sick on Skate crew with DJ Rasyrious
  • Women’s-only rap cypher, presented by Pendulum Ink and Mickey Factz
  • DJ sets powered by WREKing Crew All-Stars
  • Cultural Catalyst Awards presented to the James Brown Estate and the “Mother of Rap” Millie Jackson
  • Rum Punch Brunch DJ Prince Charm to close the evening
  • Food Trucks and Craft Market

More information, including the full schedule of events, can be found at

WHERE: Adair Park II, 820 Murphy Ave SW Atlanta, GA. 30310

WHEN: Saturday, August 12, Noon – 8 p.m.


  • 1:00 p.m.: Sick on Skate Crew Skate Demo
  • 3:00 p.m.: HBCU-style Drumline with Xclusive Percussion + Soul Food Cypher
  • 5:00 p.m.: Dance battle judged by BeltLine CEO Clyde Higgs
  • 6:30 p.m.: Cultural Catalyst Awards

WHY: Kicking off Art on the Atlanta BeltLine’s 13th season, and curated in partnership with event producer RAPPORT, ATL Park Jam will highlight the rich legacy of innovation and creativity from the city’s emcees, producers and DJs.

For more than 40 years, Atlanta has constantly redefined music, changing hip hop culture and the world in the process. The event will not only elevate Atlanta’s homegrown hip hop talent past, present and future but also showcase the intersections of sustainability, public spaces and culture, which has been paramount to the city’s success as a cultural beacon and the BeltLine’s success as a public infrastructure project.

“This season of arts and culture programming on the BeltLine is the culmination of years of collaboration, relationship building and sincere investment into the visionary creators of this City, past and present. We honor the legacy of musical greatness Atlanta has cultivated by elevating and supporting its inheritors. It is an honor to be able to support the work RAPPORT is doing.” – Miranda Kyle, Arts & Culture Program Manager, Atlanta BeltLine

“We’re extremely excited to present ATL Park Jam: a truly unique event that highlights and celebrates the myriad of ways Georgia and the City of Atlanta have been integral to Hip-Hop as we celebrate the culture’s 50th anniversary. From the Bankhead bounce to the latest Tik-Tok dance craze, it is undeniable that Atlanta remains influential to Hip-Hop culture. This Park Jam is a special moment that brings all the homegrown elements together and honors the Georgia-born Architects of our culture. Part homecoming and part cookout, but all flavor – there’s something for everyone at ATL Park Jam.” – Alex Acosta, RAPPORT

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: More information, including the full schedule of events, can be found at A media kit with images and logos can be accessed here.


The 2022 – 2023 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibition is presented by Northside Hospital. Additional sponsors include Ponce City Market at the Platinum level; Delta at the Gold level; Cox Enterprises and Empire Communities at the Silver level; and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at the Bronze level. The Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade is sponsored by Delta at the Gold level, Northside Hospital and Ponce City Market at the Silver level, and Kaiser Permanente at the Bronze level.

This program is supported in part by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

Major support for this project is provided by:
Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs and Moving Atlanta Forward logo Fulton County Arts Council logo Georgia Council for the Arts logo


About Art on the Atlanta BeltLine

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is the largest temporary public art exhibition in the history of Atlanta. It showcases the work of hundreds of visual artists, performers, and musicians along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. This spectacular project places working professionals alongside emerging artists, and draws residents and visitors into some of the most unique public spaces in the City of Atlanta, providing powerful new perspectives on the city and its vibrant neighborhoods. The exhibition showcases how art strengthens and beautifies current and former industrial areas and creates signature spaces exemplifying the transformation of the city through the Atlanta BeltLine. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine touches almost 20 intown communities. Stay abreast of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine announcements and events at, or follow on social media @atlantabeltline and with #beltlineart.

About Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.: Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s vision is to be the catalyst for making Atlanta a global beacon for equitable, inclusive, and sustainable city life. As one of the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs in the United States, the Atlanta BeltLine is building a more socially and economically resilient Atlanta with our partner organizations and host communities through job creation, inclusive transportation systems, affordable housing, and public spaces for all. For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit

Media Contacts:

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Office of Communications and Media Relations
100 Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 2300, Atlanta, GA 30303

Jenny Odom, Communications & Media Relations Manager
(404) 477-3659,

Sigele Winbush, PR Consultant
(404) 862-2081,

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