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Institutions, Artists, Communities: What do we create from here?

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Maurine Knighton is the chief program officer at the Doris Duke Foundation. In this role, she oversees the foundation’s five national grantmaking programs: Arts, Environment, Medical Research, Child Well-Being and Building Bridges. Knighton joined the foundation in 2016 and served as program director for the arts. During her tenure, she oversaw many of the foundation’s signature programs, including the Doris Duke Artist Awards alongside a wide array of novel and innovative efforts to make the performing arts more inclusive, innovative and equitable.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph 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.In pursuit of affirmations of Black life in the public realm, Bamuthi co-founded the Life is Living Festival for Youth Speaks, and created the installation “Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos” for Creative Time.

  • Maurine Knighton (Doris Duke Foundation) 
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph (Artist, VP and AD of Social Impact, Kennedy Center) 

This event is part of the class Transformative Art Practices for Engaging Community presented by IDA, the Institute for Diversity in the Arts. In this course, we will explore how artists are addressing and transforming issues central to communities of color such as housing, healthy food access, land back and cultural sovereignty. Our explorations will include visits from local and nationally recognized artists, activists and scholars as well as site visits to surrounding communities to understand how the cultivation of relationships creates unprecedented conditions for collective healing and repair.

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