What inspires your hair style, the way you dress, or other things you wear like jewelry or accessories?  How would you describe your unique style?

The Will To Adorn: Remixed explores the expression of African American and global culture through Hip Hop music and fashion.

Find these moments and more on our Instagram @will2adorn_moad_sf


Since emerging from the Bronx over 40 years ago Hip-Hop music has gone from an underground phenomenon, to a World-Wide form of expression for culture, identity, politics, and fashion.

What does Hip-Hop culture mean to you? Does it inspire the way you dress, speak, view the world? How much of an influence does Hip Hop music have in your life?

Museum of the African Diaspora is seeking high school students to participate in a paid summer program; The Will to Adorn: Remixed. In our program, students will learn how to interview individuals, videotape and present fashion and cultural practices, edit videos, organize photos, create blogs, and archive their work. Participants will have the opportunity to meet, interview, and engage with local Hip-Hop musicians, visual artists, clothing designers, and other Bay Area style makers connected to the culture of Hip-Hop.

The dates of the program will be June 27 through August 3, meeting Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays with July 4th off for the holiday. Full participation for all six weeks is mandatory. Regrettably, students with schedule conflicts due to other obligations cannot be considered for the program.

Students will work 4-5 hours a day with a maximum of 15 hours per week. A stipend and a public transportation supplement will be paid to students participating in the program. Stipend information can be found on the application form.

The deadline for applications is June 8, any applications received after this date will not be reviewed. Student interviews will start June 11. Please feel free to apply early.


To Apply

Please complete the WTA Downloadable Application and also write and submit a short essay about the influence Hip-Hop has had in your life. In the essay please discuss your favorite Hip-Hop artist(s) and how and why their music has affected your life.

Parents please note due to the nature of some Hip-Hop music students may hear songs that include provocative language and mature themes. Please consider your own comfort level with this type of content, as well as your child’s comfort level before having them apply to the program.

If you would like further information please email [email protected],  Attention: WTA 2

No phone calls regarding this program please.


Richard Collins

MoAD School & Community Outreach Coordinator

After working for last six years as a classroom teacher in K-12 public schools, and teaching college freshman at CSU East Bay I joined the staff of MoAD in January of 2017. In addition to classroom teaching I have held many positions with San Francisco museums and cultural institutions from working as a docent, in public education, and managing visitor services. With my background in anthropology the high school and college interns and I have taken an ethnographic research approach to this project doing field studies and interviews. Having the opportunity to work with these youth on this project has allowed me to reexamine my own style and fashion choices as well as learning about what many Bay Area residents are doing currently.