Margie MiaX JohnsonCo-Director, Artistic Passion & Purpose
Margie Mia X Johnson, mom, writer, poet, teaching artist, BA in African American Studies, Temple University. Specializing in youth development, community outreach, empowerment and culture creation. She’s an advocate for youth, community and art. Influenced by jazz and hip hop, she conjures everyone from Sojourner Truth to Lady Gaga. She uses creativity and word power to passionately touch hearts while writing herself into existence; primary host and producer of The People’s Open Mic, longest running open Mic in the city of Newark. The creator and producer of Hug the Block, a public art experience of poetry, visual art, live music and hip hop ciphers that bring love and light to Newark neighborhoods.