Marc Bamuthi Joseph is an artist. His job is social impact. He doesn’t have time to *not* be hopeful…he is an artist…culture is rare air in the lungs of the body politic…he works to remember those who can’t breathe…
Collectively, we are exploring the deployment of artistic intelligence as an agent of public healing. We are co-concerned with the final frontier of culture and the foundational plane of public health. We are well aware of the American trend of cultural erasure and thus, we aspire towards an American democracy that embodies the ideal of inspiration for all.
Marc Bamuthi Joseph (Spoken Word Artist, Cultural Strategist) is a 2017 TED Global Fellow, an inaugural recipient of the Guggenheim Social Practice initiative, and an honoree of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship. Bamuthi’s opera libretto, We Shall Not Be Moved, was named one of 2017’s “Best Classical Music Performances” by The New York Times. His evening-length work created in collaboration with composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, The Just and The Blind, was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and premiered in a sold-out house at Carnegie in March 2019. His upcoming opera “Watch Night” is inspired by the forgiveness exhibited by the congregation of Emanuel AME church in Charleston, and will premiere at The Perelman Center in New York in 2023.
Sponsoring Departments: The Graduate School, The College of Arts and Sciences, Meany Center for the Performing Arts
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