Marguerite Mariama, is an accomplished artist, activist, educator and noted speaker on issues related to the arts and personal and collective transformation. Black cultural pride and nationalism during the ‘60’s and ‘70’s gave rise to artists such as Dr. Mariama, who used their craft to affirm Black culture as a tool for Black ‘upliftment’. These “cultural workers” launched the Black Arts Movement – where social justice, history, cultural consciousness, the arts, and education intersected. Marguerite’s commitment to Black liberation has never wavered.
A trained professional in music, dance, and theatre arts, this former college professor is also a trained dance/movement therapist, who completed a clinical residency at Manhattan Children’s Psychiatric Hospital in New York City. She is a former professor in the City University of New York (CUNY) and City Colleges of Chicago. Dr. Mariama created the arts integration theory and methodology, Performance Pedagogy®. A personal and collective transformation strategy, it intersects the arts (dance, music, theater, literary and visual) – arts therapies and educational psychology, and employs performance as both an evaluation and teaching tool. Trauma-based in application, Performance Pedagogy® is an essential component of her consulting work with adults, students, and communities.