WSU Vancouver presents bilingual hip-hop artist, producer, activist and scholar

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver’s Cultural Arts and Equity Hip-Hop Series will present Olmeca from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. The event is free and open to the public.

Olmeca is a bilingual hip-hop artist, producer, activist and scholar whose work has been widely featured in national media and has earned praise from English and Spanish news outlets. He will present “DEFINE: Hip-Hop Stories of a New America.” In his presentation, Olmeca interweaves performance and dialogue as he examines U.S. art, culture and politics as they relate to marginalized communities and low-income families with access barriers. He delves into the notion of identity while challenging the idea of ‘belonging’ and what it means to be and become ‘American.’

About the Cultural Arts and Equity Hip-Hop Series

Introduced this year, the series is designed to broaden the community’s understanding of how cultural arts through hip-hop can cultivate an inclusive campus community that centers the success of historically underserved students. The series continues through the academic year, featuring workshops, talks and performances with local and global activists, scholars and artists.

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-TRAN bus service. Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily pay lot for $4/$2 after 5 p.m.

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communications, 360-546-9601,

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