Shaolin Jazz & Globe Posters: Opening Party!

Friday / September 20 / 6:00 PM

$10 Members $15 Non-members


Date & Time

Friday, September 20

6:00pm - 9:00pm


Big Chief

2002 Fenwick St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA


Join us, the Globe Collection and Press at MICA, and Shaolin Jazz to celebrate the start of DC Design Week 2019 at Big Chief in Ivy City! We’re bringing some of Globe’s most iconic entertainment posters under one roof and mixing it up with DCs most creative jazz and hiphop collectives to kick off our favorite week of the year.

The evening will start with a talk on DC’s musical history alongside a presentation from the Globe Collection and Press at MICA on creative heritage. But, of course, it wouldn’t be a DCDW party without crafts and swag! As the night goes on, attendees will get to try their hands at spray stencilling and making their own coasters, and be the first to choose from tons of DC Design Week swag and merch. All under the backdrop of great local music. Seriously, can you think of a better way to start your weekend?

  • 6:00 pm: Doors open & registration
  • 6:30 pm: Allison Fisher and Marcus Dowling: Globe Posters and the DC music scene
  • 7:15 pm: Shaolin Jazz & DJ RBI

RSVP in advance & save! Tickets will be available at the door for $20 until it sells out. Note: This event is 18+ only.

Exhibit of Globe posters

Founded in 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland, Globe Poster delivered eye-catching posters to promote concerts, Go-Go shows, drag races, circuses, carnivals and more. Fluorescent colors, bold wood type, and lettering that shook and shimmied defined Globe’s iconic style, attracting clients from James Brown and Marvin Gaye to Ike and Tina Turner. Globe ceased production in 2010, and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) stepped forward to purchase a substantial portion of Globe, including wood type, letterpress cuts and posters. The acquisition by MICA keeps Globe’s legacy alive as a working press, a teaching tool, and source for research.

Social Media: @globeatmica / @globeatmica

Music by and live stenciling by Shaolin Jazz with DJ RBI, founded by Gerald C Watson II and DJ 2-Tone Jones, is a multimedia company that creates content and produces events that highlight the parallels and cultural intersections between hip-hop, jazz, and martial arts.

The content ranges from conceptually driven artwork to their highly notable mixtapes that feature instrumentals from hand-selected jazz greats, such as Miles Davis and Nancy Wilson, which are cleverly fused with the a cappellas from legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan. And the events range from movie screening events which are scored live by a DJ, live performances featuring a DJ led live band, art shows, and multimedia lectures, where the parallels between hip-hop culture and jazz culture are discussed.

Social Media: @shaolinjazz


Allison Fisher

Manager, Globe Collection and Press at MICA

Allison Fisher is a designer and letterpress printer from Baltimore, Maryland. She is the manager of the Globe Collection and Press at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). She fell in love with printmaking and letterpress while earning her BFA in Graphic Design at MICA. As a student she was bitten by the DayGlo love of Globe and devoted most of her senior year helping to rally student support for acquisition of the collection. Allison now manages all things related to Globe at MICA from the production of Globe’s new projects for clients like Hello Kitty, Smithsonian Institutions and Stax Records, to wrangling Globe interns, overseeing archiving, working on community-oriented projects and more.


Marcus Dowling


As a journalist, native Washingtonian Marcus K. Dowling has written for print journals including Vice, Complex, Spotify, The FADER, Bandcamp, Red Bull Magazine, Mixmag, DJ Mag, and innumerable others. Creatively, he is the creative curator behind the development of downtown DC’s award-winning Decades Nightclub. Sitting comfortably at the confluence of the underground and mainstream, Marcus is obsessed with history, appreciative of the present, and loving the future. He is a creator, curator, and innovator living in a wild new age.

Joshua Cogan

Joshua Cogan is an Emmy Award-winning photographer and anthropologist whose work has taken him to 60 countries and 5 continents to produce his unique brand of ethnographic storytelling. Using his passion for culture, ecology, and imagery, Cogan has consistently produced work across print, motion and web platforms. Recognition for those projects has come from standard bearers of journalism such as National Academy of Television and Sciences as well SXSW and Webby Awards for his partnerships creating new approaches of storytelling and cultural exchange.

Joshua specializes in telling portraits of culture and transitions. Whether it be 10th generation Totem carvers from Alaska or hip-hop pioneers in his hometown of DC. He looks to bring people closer through the process of weaving stories. He is a regular contributor to the Smithsonian Institution, Tribeca Film Festival, ESPN, and HBO and works with brands like New Balance, Puma and Apple.This Fall, Josh will be releasing his first project with National Geographic and his work will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.


About DC Design Week

Built by 100% volunteer power, DC Design Week is an annual celebration of this community, hosted by AIGA DC. AIGA Member On-Sale begins 9/5 at 10:00am and the General Public On-Sale begins 9/10 at 10:00am. 100% of the proceeds from DCDW events go toward future AIGA DC programming and the Design Continuum Fund (DCF) scholarship fund. We believe in fostering the next generation of designers through helping local design-minded and underrepresented students as they pursue their education.

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