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Founding father of funk George Clinton to launch new art exhibit in DC

The summer exhibition celebrates funk, and its impact on D.C.’s music scene.

Go-Go may be D.C.’s official music, but the District has gotta have that funk, too. Parliament-Funkadelic Founder George Clinton is in D.C. Tuesday to kickoff a new funk-centric art exhibit celebrating the genre. 

The new exhibit, “A Toast to the Boogie: Art in the Name of Funkadelic,” opens Tuesday at the I Street Gallery. It will feature works of art from 50 artists, including 16-year-old Sophia Sterling. The exhibition focuses on Clinton’s funk group Parliament-Funkadelic and the group’s influence on Washington D.C.

An opening reception is happening Tuesday night. Clinton will also be part of a panel discussion on Wednesday at the Rubel Museum.

In addition to artwork, there will also be never-before-seen memorabilia from the Clinton family on display.

“As a professional musician, this project is near and dear to my heart,” said DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Executive Director Aaron Myers. “Seeing all these beautiful and vibrant paintings, the creative sculptures, the original photos of Parliament-Funkadelic from the Terrell family and the memorabilia from the Clinton family takes me back to the days of my childhood hearing the lyrics of the song ‘One Nation Under a Groove’ on the radio,” Myers added.

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