“Someone who usurps something that is kind of standardized, or something that’s quite the same or kind of diverts it. A maverick is someone that’s not considered to be relatively mainstream. Someone that’s innovative. Someone that’s pioneering.”
Ian Soloman-Kawall aka KMT is a Freedom Teacher Guide who uses art [hip-hop] for social awareness and social cohesion. He is Co-Founder of the May Project Gardens which brings communities together to act collectively. Previously he was Project Manager for Pan Intercultural Arts a company using intercultural performance work to help facilitate self-expression and promote a deeper understanding of our changing cultural identities. They work with a diverse range of communities across London and internationally, empowering people to use the arts as a tool for change in their lives.
WHY IAN WAS INTERVIEWED
Ian was recommended to me by Maverick Luke Hemment who felt Ian would be a good fit for this project. I researched Ian and learnt more about how he uses art to help people change their lives. Ian is alternative, legacy-driven, humorous, multi-talented and open.
HOW ARE CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION RELATED TO BEING A MAVERICK?
“Being creative you have to find a way that works for you. When I get stressed I walk round in the garden. I’m surrounded by nature and that just makes you just look and see the whole world differently.”
IS THERE ANYONE WHO’S A MAVERICK THAT INSPIRES YOU?
“So many people I wouldn’t be able to put it down to one individual. I think nature is probably my favorite maverick, when you think you understand it, it does something even more amazing and wonderful.”