moving and passing examines the cultural complexities of soccer, AND the ways in which the global sport may be used to connect young people with the arts and highlight issues facing immigrant communities.

Moving & Passing draws upon cultural complexities of soccer as a global sport to connect young people with the arts and bring awareness to issues facing immigrant communities. Commissioned by The Guggenheim and the subject of Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s TEDGlobal Fellow talk, Moving & Passing is an outreach program designed to work with communities to put cultural expression and sports on the same continuum in an effort to position the strategies used on the field as the same strategies used in navigating immigration issues. The experience combines live music, food, DJs, art-making experiences, and performances to connect sports to social justice for all.

Moving & Passing is a community engagement experience that brings together athletic skill, critical thinking, and visioning success through art. Young players engage with local soccer clubs and coaches, performing specially designed drills crafted to make profound connections between excellent play on the field and safe passage off the field. Through merging the universal languages of music, dance and soccer, Moving & Passing reveals the accessible, intrinsic, and joyful connections between the arts and sport.

“Marc Bamuthi Joseph belongs to a rare breed of artists who can kindle political and cultural awareness while delivering a highly entertaining performance.”The Philadelphia Inquirer

Interested to bring moving and Passing to your community?

Moving and Passing can be programmed as a day-long community activation, or a series of educational events, culminating in a public presentation spanning several months of multiple visits by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. For more information, please contact Sozo Artists for detailed curriculum information.

Sozo Artists, Inc.
Management & Booking for Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Email: bamuthi [at]
Phone: +1 917-791-3680

can't host moving & passing but want to make a difference? 

Make a tax-deductible contribution today and support Moving & Passing!

Moving & Passing is a project supported by Sozo Impact, an arts initiative dedicated to developing and producing purpose-driven artistic experiences. With a strong focus on education, social impact and civic engagement, Sozo Impact partners with high caliber artists and organizations, using the arts to connect people of diverse backgrounds together, and promote empathy, understanding and action. 

There are two ways to donate. Send a check payable to "Silicon Valley Community Foundation," with a note that this is for "Sozo Impact - Moving & Passing," to the following address, or donate online by using a credit card via the link below. 

Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Attn: Gifts Administration
2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300
Mountain View, CA 94040

Sozo Impact is a fiscal sponsorship fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). Donations will be processed by SVCF, a 501(c)(3) public charity registered in the United States, EIN# 20-5205488. Contributions will be tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. SVCF will provide a formal acknowledgment letter containing tax-deduction language for your records.

About bamuthi

BAMUTHI (Marc Bamuthi Joseph) is a curator of words, ideas and protagonists. His bold poetically-driven work investigates social issues and cultural identity. He is a steadfast believer in empathy as the most valuable currency in building community, and seeks to spark curiosity and dialogue about freedom, compassion, and fearlessness through pioneering arts stewardship and education. A 2017 TEDGlobal Fellow, Bamuthi graced the cover of Smithsonian Magazine as one of America’s Top Young lnnovators in the Arts and Sciences; artistically directed HBO’s “Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices” and is an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country’s greatest living artists. Dance Magazine named him a Top Influencer in 2017.

BAMUTHI’s evening length work red black and GREEN: a blues was nominated for a 2013 Bessie Award for “Outstanding Production (of a work stretching the boundaries of a traditional form)” and he has won numerous grants including from the National Endowment for the Arts and Creative Capital Foundation. His latest touring work /peh-LO-tah/ is inspired by soccer and Bamuthi's first generation American experience, intersecting global economics, cross border fan culture, and the politics of joy.  Recent commissions include the libretto for Home in 7 for the Atlanta Ballet and theater work for South Coast Repertory Theater. He has collaborated as a librettist with composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and director/choreographer Bill T. Jones on an opera We Shall Not Be Moved, co-commissioned and produced by Opera Philadelphia, New York’s Apollo Theater and London’s Hackney Empire, which premiered in Fall 2017.

BAMUTHI is the founding Program Director of the exemplary non-profit Youth Speaks, and is a co-founder of Life is Living, a national series of one-day festivals which activate under-resourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life.  His essays have been published in Harvard Education Press; he has lectured at more than 200 colleges, has carried adjunct professorships at Stanford and Lehigh, among others, and currently serves as Chief of Program and Pedagogy at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Twitter: @bamuthi
Instagram: @bamuthi360