About Culture Queen
Jessica Smith Hebron is an award-winning arts manager and master teaching artist who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Arts Management at George Mason University. In 2010, Jessica founded Culture Kingdom Kids, LLC, performing and producing thousands of innovative and empowering children’s events with a cultural twist, including assemblies, festivals, and professional development workshops for diverse audiences at Yale University, The Kennedy Center, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 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, Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program; and a host of schools, libraries, and community centers. She has served as the Interim Executive Director
of the Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center, and is now the Chief Program Officer of Young Audiences of Maryland.
A trailblazer in her own right, Mrs. Hebron has had many “firsts” over the course of her career. In 2011, she became the Prince George’s African American Museum’s first Education Fellow-In-Residence writing and teaching the museum’s first arts-integration-based early childhood curriculum to thousands of students and educators in Prince George’s County Public Schools. In 2018, Jessica became the first director of The Campagna Center’s Out of School Time Musical Theatre Enrichment Program, serving hundreds of children across the City of Alexandria, Virginia. In 2019, Jessica became Busboys and Poets Restaurants’ first Children’s Program Coordinator and Children’s Cultural Literacy Ambassador-In-Residence, serving thousands of children and families both in person and virtually. An accomplished playwright, Jessica’s 2011 original work “Bone Soup: A Kwanzaa Story” became the first Kwanzaa play ever to be published by Pioneer Drama Service, which is performed each year by schools and children’s theaters across the country. In 2014, Jessica’s “Culture Kingdom Kids’ Kwanzaaland” became the first-ever corporate Kwanzaa family festival attraction and public art installation to take place at the Boulevard At The Capital Center’s shopping galleria.
Jessica, also known as “Culture Queen,” released her first children’s music album, “I Like the Me I See!” in 2016, and her first children’s picture book by the same title in 2019. In 2015, Jessica was a featured speaker at TEDxRVA and a featured screenwriter on TED-ED ’s animated documentary on Malian emperor Mansa Musa, which has received over 5 million views to date. Mrs. Hebron is the recipient of many awards, including the 2011 Excellence In Children’s Programming Award by Africa Access, the Forty Under 40 Award for Education in 2012 by the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund, the 2015 Alumnus of the Year Award by the Prince George's County Public Schools' Board of Education; the 2016 Community Leadership Award by Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and the 2017 Woman In The Arts of Award by The Links, Inc. Baltimore County Chapter.
Jessica is featured on numerous media outlets, including the nationally syndicated show “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, Sirius XM’s The Laura Coates Show, Fox 5, NBC, ABC, The Washington Post, Billboard Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore’s Child, Richmond Family Magazine, and Red Tricycle. To learn more about her work, visit www.culturekingdomkids.com, or follow her on social media @ImCultureQueen.