The Beauty of Transformation: Becoming a Cultural Organizer

Paul J. Kuttner


Artistic and cultural practices have long been central to movements for social change. In this article, Paul Kuttner explores this intersection of arts and organizing through a biographical portrait of Mariama White-Hammond, Executive Director of the Boston-based youth organizing group Project HIP-HOP. Tracing Mariama’s development in the realms of artistic practice and social justice, the article focuses on both synergy and tension between the two trajectories. The resulting portrait highlights the important role of cultural context in shaping the relationship between organizing and the arts, and uncovers the multiple influences that lead an individual to engage in this kind of work.

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