Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America's leading voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of *Smithsonian Magazine* after being named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary *Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices* and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists." Mr. Joseph's next project, red black and green: a blues performatively documents the eco-equity movement towards green collar jobs in Black neighborhoods. Bamuthi's proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentors 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival for Literary Arts. He is the visionary behind Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate underused parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip hop arts and focused environmental action.