Arif Smith is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. His performance- and video-based work centers on diasporic citizenship and African-rooted performance practices, exploring Blackness, marronage, and intertextuality. Smith was a 2017-18 Artist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago's Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. Currently, he is the Music Moves Manager at Old Town School of Folk Music. Smith is also a band member of Bomba con Buya, Iré Elese Abure, and Black Monument Ensemble.