Memory studies, museum studies, arts & cultural policy, art history, caribbean studies
Marielle is a Fulbright Scholar recipient and Cultural Studies PhD candidate at George Mason University, Virginia and Visiting Scholar, Columbia University. She was recently selected as one of ten young innovators to present at the Inter-American Bank Board of Governors meeting in Bahia, Brazil. Barrow is a practicing visual artist and social entrepreneur serving as President of the arts for social change non-profit, Caribbean InTransit. Caribbean InTransit is an experimental platform. In addition to providing free access to arts education and deeper cultural interrogation through its biannual open access academic journal, the non-profit enterprise produces symposia on issues such as Arts for Social Change; workshops for at-risk youth and persons living with HIV/Aids and; arts events that explore avenues through which art can effectively be used to address social issues and propel social development. “Caribbean InTransit: The Meeting Place” inaugural festival took place in Trinidad in October this year and will be followed by “Creatives of the Caribbean” festival in Washington DC in June 2014. Barrow has negotiated several partnerships for the enterprise including festival and symposium partnerships with the Inter-American Development Bank, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, National Galleries of Jamaica, Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago and universities including the journal’s institutional affiliation, George Mason University, the University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Jamaica and the University of Haiti.
Dovetailing with her philanthropic pursuits, Marielle’s dissertation research triangulates artistic practice, institutional memory and citizenship with a view to understanding the possibilities for effective and sustainable policy design emerging from the realities of Caribbean sites. For her research, Marielle is investigating how cultural production in Haiti and the Bahamas is practiced as learning, citizenship and is productive of personhood and power.