Martha Diaz

Martha Diaz

Associate Curator & Archivist | Chair, Archives, Curatorial & Education Committee

Martha Diaz (MD) is an award-winning community organizer, media producer, archivist, curator, educator, and social entrepreneur. MD has traversed the Hip-Hop entertainment industry, the public arts and education sector, and the academy over the past 30 years. Through her exhibitions, and publications of research reports, books, and curricula, she has chronicled Hip-Hop history to preserve its cultural value and memory. MD curated the first Hip-Hop movie series presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and served as a guest curator at the Museum of the Moving Image and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. A graduate of New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, MD has worked on archival projects with Parkwood Entertainment (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter), Tupac Shakur Estate, and The Paley Center for Media to name a few.  In 2010, MD launched the Hip-Hop Education Center for Research, Evaluation, and Training to professionalize and cultivate the Hip-Hop Education movement. She’s taught at New York University’s Gallatin School and was a Visiting Scholar at Virginia Union University. Among her numerous fellowships, MD has served as a Senior Fellow at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation – National Museum of American History, A’Lelia Bundles Community Scholar at Columbia University, Nasir Jones Fellow at Harvard University, and Senior MacArthur Civic Media Fellow at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. MD is co-Chair of the California Department of Education Arts, Media, and Entertainment CTE Hip Hop Education and Equity Initiative, and Chair of the Archives, Curatorial, and Education Committee at the Universal Hip Hop Museum.

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