Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, a local oral historian and documentarian, was one of eight artists selected from across the U.S., according to an announcement from the D.C.-based arts organization.
Tho-Biaz founded the New Mexico Women of Color Nonprofit Leadership Initiative, was a teaching artist for Santa Fe County’s “Voces de Libertad” youth poetry program and served as documentarian-in-residence at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
The 2019-2020 Kennedy Center fellowship begins April 29.
According to the announcement, the national fellow program selects artists “who use their artistic practice to create positive social impact” and helps them bring their causes to a national platform.
“They (the fellows) work in multiple art forms and come from communities both large and small, but our Citizen Artists all use the arts as a powerful tool for change,” Mario Rossero, the center’s senior vice president of education, said in a news release.
“The Kennedy Center is honored to play a role in uplifting these artists, as well as advancing their collective impact as a cohort. Our intention is that this Recognition Program takes Citizen Artist Fellows on a journey of investigation, activation, and participation.”
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