“I remain committed to using my voice in centering intergenerational cultural leadership in our society, in ways that specifically increase visibility, importance and the necessity of our cultural leader elders in these times.”


Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

2019-2020 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist 
Founder, New Mexico Women of Color Nonprofit Leadership Initiative 
Santa Fe, NM

Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D., is a cultural leader, oral historian and documentarian who works with communities across the themes of sovereignty, transformation, healing and equity to honor their past, make meaning of their present, and vision loving and liberated futures. 

Dr. Tho-Biaz is a 2019-2020 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow and is the founder/director of  the New Mexico Women of Color Nonprofit Leadership Initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Previously, Dr. Tho-Biaz designed and led the Steinem Initiative’s public policy digital storytelling pilot at Smith College, was a visiting scholar at the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics at Columbia University, served as a New Mexico Humanities Council Scholar, and recently keynoted for Stanford University’s Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and the Arts conference and the Create Justice Forum at Carnegie Hall.


Learn more here about the Encore Public Voices Fellowship, which supports diverse voices focusing on aging, longevity and the intergenerational opportunity.