2021 Create Change Fellow
The Bronx | Storytelling, Community Cultivation
Mariama is a NYC based storyteller and community cultivator born and raised in the Bronx. In 2018 she graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A in African and African-American Studies and Foreign Affairs. After graduating, Mariama was selected for the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Fellowship, where she worked between two art organizations for six months leading outreach and programming efforts to increase BIPOC representation in the theater community. Later that year, Mariama founded Jalloh Studios, a community and resource hub for Black women artists and creators building thriving creative careers and lives.
What is the role of art and culture for the future of the city?
“Art and culture plays a vital role in the future of the city. Not only will it continue to uplift the voices and narratives of marginalized communities, but it will also serve as a tool that allows New Yorkers to connect and foster community. Secondly, art and culture can also play a role in documenting the stories of these communities. As NYC continues to change, it’s really important that these stories and experiences are both honored and properly archived.”