Rapper Benny Starr, has teamed up with College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture for a new exhibit, titled “The Water Keeps Rising.”

This “interactive hip-hop centered exhibit showcasing environmental racism and water justice in Charleston” will be set to Starr’s 2019 LP, A Water Album. The exhibit will open on Jan. 15 and run through May, according to Courtney Hicks, outreach assistant at Avery.

The exhibit will combine Starr’s music, multimedia from the live recording of A Water Album, and information from Avery’s 2017 report, The State of Racial Disparities in Charleston County, South Carolina 2000-2015.

During Starr’s 2018 concert when A Water Album was recorded, attendees were treated a night full of soulful, jazz-inspired music, alongside a program that included voter education, social justice, and information on environmental racism.

“This exhibit will create an immersive experience for visitors,” a press release says. “[It] will showcase cultural influences & artistic intricacies form across the Lowcountry; creating a sensory experience.”

The Avery Research Center plans to reopen on Jan. 15 and Starr’s exhibit will be the first from a Lowcountry rap artist to have work showcased in an exhibit in the museum.

Information about the event and others can be found at avery.cofc.edu.


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