Joe Tolbert
Co-Facilitator, Fellow Year 2

Joe Tolbert Jr.

He/They

Knoxville, TN

Joe T. is a minister, scholar, writer and cultural organizer whose work is at the intersections of art, culture, spirituality and social justice. He received his B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and completed his M.Div. with a concentration in Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. His work has been supported by fellowships from National Art Strategies Creative Communities Fellowship and the Intercultural Leadership Institute. His goal with his work is to help others live, dream, achieve, and inspire. Agreeing with Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons statement, “Art allows people to dream their way out of struggle,” Joe believes that art and culture plays a vital role in any movement for social change. As a Cultural Organizer and Consultant through his company Art at the Intersections, Joe is a sought after facilitator and cultural strategist that works with communities to help them harness the power of art and culture through the building, implementation and evaluation of cultural strategies. As a writer and critic he has contributed articles to Alternate Roots, Arts.Black, Quiet Lunch, Cross Currents Journal, various exhibition catalogs, and has a forthcoming essay in Applied Theater with Youth: Art, Education, Activism published on Routledge Press.

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