Name: Asiyah Kurtz
Bio: Asiyah Kurtz is an applied anthropologist and researcher in the field of cultural sustainability. Originally from Memphis, TN, she earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Memphis where she focused on community development and organizing. Her master’s research at Goucher College connects culture to development in the local arts economy.
As Executive Director of a community-based arts organization in Camden, NJ, Asiyah leads the organization using an equity-driven, assets-based approach. She subscribes to Octavia Butler’s school of thought that “There is nothing new under the sun but there are new suns.”
Specialization: art, craft, Black feminist theory, alternative economy, community development, cultural traditions
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