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Thursday, April 26, 2012


SKATE BOARD CULTURE: Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America at Balboa Park’s San Diego Museum of Man makes its West Coast debut Saturday, April 28.

Originally created by the Smithsonian Institution, Ramp It Up showcases the vibrant impact skateboarding has had on Native American communities. Come learn how skateboarding developed, from its origins in Native Hawaiian communities, to the Southern California surf culture, to the rest of the United States and beyond.

See the athletes who pioneered key moves in the sport. Explore the stories of Native-run companies that are leveraging skateboarding to teach their heritage and bring their youths together. As part of this installation, SDMoM will also have a half pipe mini-skate ramp inside the museum that will be open selected hours for public free skate and professional demonstrations.

All activities are included in the price of SDMoM admission. See for more details about upcoming public programs,including professional skateboard demonstrations, and ramp operating hours.

Source: Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America is organized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

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