Our Staff

Jessica  Smith Hebron, Interim Executive Director

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Jessica Smith Hebron, a proud native of Prince George’s County, MD, is an award-winning arts manager, educator, author, teaching artist, and consultant who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education and African-American Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University; and is a candidate for a Master of Arts at George Mason University. Over the past 10 years, Jessica has served in many leadership capacities at the museum including Education Fellow-In-Residence, Master Teaching Artist, Program Trainer, Facilitator and Curriculum Writer. Under the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center’s “Early Keepers” program, she has taught African-American history through arts integration to over 4,000 students throughout Prince George’s County Public Schools since 2011. For ten years Jessica most affectionately known by her stage name “Culture Queen” has owned and operated her own company Culture Kingdom Kids, LLC, where she has performed and produced innovative children’s performances, festivals, workshops, and professional development programs for diverse audiences from primary school to Yale University, The Kennedy Center, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, museums including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture, the National Children’s Museum, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture, the Black History Museum of Virginia and of the Prince George’s African American Museum; and non-profit organizations like The National Park Service, Prince George’s Parks and Recreation, The Campagna Center, Kaiser Permanente, and Girls For A Change. In addition to her extensive work with theaters, museums, schools, and nonprofits, she’s also the Children’s Program Coordinator and Children’s Cultural Literacy Ambassador-In-Residence for six Busboys and Poets restaurants across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Jessica was a featured speaker at TEDxRVA; and a lead screenwriter on TED-ED ’s animated educational film on Malian King Mansa Musa which to date has received over 4 million views. She released her first children’s music album ‘I Like the Me I See!’ in 2016; and her first picture book with the same title in 2019. She can also be seen starring in a Youtube series entitled “Black History Live with Culture Queen” which brings to life the biographies of inspiring African queens through music and poetry.

Jessica has been recognized with the “40 Under Forty” Award for Education by the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund, “Alumnus of the Year” Award by the Prince George’s County Public Schools’ Board of Education; and is the proud recipient of the Africa Access Award for Excellence In Children’s Programming, the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Community Leadership Award, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. “Women’s History In the Making” Award.

Culture Queen’s work is featured on numerous media outlets including the nationally syndicated show “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, The Laura Coates Show on Sirius XM, Fox 5, NBC, ABC’s “Good Morning Washington”, Youtube, 93.9 WKYS, The Washington Post, Billboard Magazine, Baltimore’s Child, Richmond Family Magazine and Red Tricycle. To learn more about her work, follow her on social media @ImCultureQueen on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Contact Jessica: director@pgaamcc.org

Marifel Bermudez, Marketing and Gallery Coordinator 

Marifel Bermudez, Marketing and Gallery Coordinator

Marifel has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, with a concentration in Art+Design: Sculpture from Towson University. She is currently as working artist based in Hyattsville, Maryland. Her works feature a classic pantone of coral, chartreuse, and peacock blue. She works with several mediums from fibers/fabrics, woodworking, metalsmithing, fashion design, installation, and performance art.  She has exhibited at the Center For the Arts, Holtzman Gallery, Trinity University, and Hen House Art Collective.

She has been a local to Price George’s County all her life, she is deeply invested in the arts & culture that manifest within Prince George’s County. She attended Northwestern School, enrolled in the Jim Henson Performing Arts Program as a double major: visual arts and instrumental band. Marifel has assisted in the fabrication and installation of various shows such a Form. Print curated by Joshua Demonte, Deeply Embedded by Tawny Chatmon, and 400 Years: Journey to Diaspora curated by Alana Thera and Tim Davis.  She is a classically trained pianist and flutist; has taught the Little Mozart class at The Ottley Music School.

Contact Marifel: info@pgaamcc.org

Gabriel Greaves, Education Assistant

Gabriel A. Greaves is the Programs & Partnerships Coordinator for the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center. He is also a human services professional, historian/educator and interdisciplinary researcher who has worked within community outreach/ grassroots organizing for over 14 yrs.

He is a KSU Masters of American Studies Alumnus with a background in Afro-Latino Studies, the Civil Rights era, Christianity in the Americas and the social impact of religious worldviews. Moreover, he is also a research assistant with the  National Council of Elders. Having grown up in a multi-ethnic/ multi-generational home, he loves educating through oral histories and showing the complexities of racial/cultural identities. He is passionate for community development as well as utilizing movement journalism and historical activism in order to promote the notion of the “Beloved Community” as Dr. Martin Luther King popularized.

Contact Gabriel: programs@pgaamcc.org

 

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