La Pena Embracing More Hip-Hop

Susie Lundy

  • Leo Docuyanan
  • Susie Lundy

La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley has always held hip-hop events, but thanks to its relatively new development director, Susie Lundy, the community center plans to refocus its efforts on drawing in the hip-hop community — in all its various forms. Lundy, a 34-year-old arts educator, dancer, painter, and muralist who grew up in Fremont, says she’s been working on booking and commissioning more hip-hop-oriented artists — from emcees to filmmakers, skaters, and chefs. “It’s wanting to open up the space and make it accessible to folks,” Lundy said. “Because I’m really a B-girl myself, I really understand that hip-hop isn’t really contained. It really is hybrid.”

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