The Roses of Heliogabalus

What is MHz Curationist?

Framing the world we share.

MHz Curationist is an ecosystem for collecting and sharing cultural materials from the Creative Commons and public domain. We aim to build connections and deepen cultural awareness by collectively framing the world we share.

Curationist a space for finding and collecting significant cultural and historical resources that are not limited by copyright. We are people-driven, not algorithm or profit-driven. We strive for inclusion, integrated value creation and innovation as an unfixed and intersectional hub of many cultures: a collaborative global community of dynamic individuals sharing their knowledges and voices. We aspire to communicate liberated cultural narratives that enhance curiosity, intercultural exchange, and critical thinking by prioritizing collaboration and directing attention to the source.

We hope you find what you were looking for, and also discover something unexpected and exciting while you are here.

Curationist is a not-for-profit project of the  MHz Foundation, a 501c3.

What is Creative Commons?

Copyright law typically grants exclusive rights to creators of original works. In the US, this protection is granted automatically unless stated otherwise, prohibiting the copying of the work without the rights holder’s written permission.

Creative Commons was created as an alternative copyright for people who have created works that they want to be openly available and shareable. A Creative Commons license specifies how someone can share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format), adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material) and how to attribute the creator. Creative Commons helps ensure you’re not infringing on copyrights.

What is public domain?

Public domain is all the creative works to which no exclusive intellectual property rights apply either because those rights expired, were forfeited, expressly waived, or were created before copyright existed.

Who We Are

As we grow a community that is pluralistic in thought and practice, we are building a team of contributors that combine a diverse array of experiences and cultures. We aim to empower a global set of editors and users to become involved in the content curation, bring in perspectives from around the world, and encourage openness and debate along the way.

Want to help us curate content from the Creative Commons and public domain? Send us a quick pitch and tell us about yourself.

Content Curation Director

Virginia Poundstone

Advising Editor

Shana Lutker

Global Editor-at-Large

Mayur Tekchandaney

Digital Archivist

Sonja Solvang

Kimi Hanauer

Bomin Jeon

Valentina Cabezas

Amber Vanterpool

Ayesha Arif

More about our contributors

Board of Directors

Benjamin Rees – Chairman
Benjamin Reeshas fourteen years of experience in partnerships and business development in professional services, broadcast, and VOD industries. Benjamin is a global citizen, born in Australia, residing in the United States, and has traveled to over a dozen countries in Asia, Americas, and Europe, making his worldview wide and inclusive. Benjamin would like to bring that open worldview to everyone through the MHz and the MHz Foundation. He is currently an Assistant Director at a public company accounting firm, and his experience includes strategic account operations, revenue planning, business development and financial analysis. From 2005-2008, Benjamin was Director of Partnerships and Business Development at IMAKE Software and Services, which specialized in open source, highly scalable, content management and entitlement software. He was responsible for managing partnerships with OEMs and system integrators, and provided financial analysis and due diligence resources.

Kevin Karjala
Kevin Karjala is an experienced senior program delivery Principal Consultant with expertise in leading business and technology impacting initiatives. He has worked with clients in multiple industries including cable, wireless and media. Kevin excels in areas of large cross-functional program delivery, software development, application and device testing, requirements gathering and process design and execution.  Over the last three years, Kevin has supported large cable providers enter the wireless mobile phone business as virtual network operators (MVNOs).

Garrett Graddy-Lovelace
Raised in a farming family and community in central Kentucky, Garrett Graddy-Lovelace is Assistant Professor at American University School of International Service in Washington DC, where she researches and teaches agricultural and land use policy and agrarian politics, and is co-chair of the new Antiracist Research & Policy Center Environment Team. Her forthcoming book *The Power of Seeds & the Politics of Agricultural Biodiversity* (M.I.T. Press 2019) explores crop germplasm conservation and seed saving through the lenses of political ecology, critical geography, and bioethics; she is co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation Socio-Ecological Synthesis Center Pursuit on agrobiodiversity role in community food security and sovereignty in Appalachia, southern Andes, southern Mexico, and central West Africa. Drawing on community-partnered action-research, she also traces the domestic and international impacts of U.S. agricultural policy and the mobilizations around food, farm, land, and labor equity. She has published on US-Cuba agricultural relations, particularly trade politics, agroecology, and cooperativismo. She recently was awarded the Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic’s Alan C. Penczek Award for Service-Learning for her work in community-engaged scholarship and pedagogy. Graddy-Lovelace has a PhD in Geography from University of Kentucky, a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a BA from Yale University, where she studied theatre, humanities, and classics, before studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal, and returning to Yale to pursue postcolonial studies and performance theory. At Div School, Graddy-Lovelace focused on agrarian ethics, invocations of traditional knowledge, sacred spatiality, and interfaith dialogue. She has ongoing interest in and commitment to decolonizing academia, place-based epistemology, and public space for respectful ontological dialogue.

Casey Rae
Casey Rae is Director of Music Licensing at SiriusXM satellite radio, where he is responsible for licensing sound recordings for transmission to 35 million U.S. subscribers. Casey was previously CEO of the Future of Music Coalition, a Washington, DC-based education and advocacy organization for musicians and composers. He is also a musician, author and music / media professor at Georgetown University and Berklee College of Music, where he has authored Berklee’s first comprehensive course on music policy for its graduate degree program. Casey regularly speaks on issues such as emerging business models, creators’ rights, technology policy and intellectual property at worldwide conferences, universities, and in the media. He has testified before Congress on copyright and has written hundreds of articles on the impact of technology on the creative community in scholarly journals and other publications. Casey is an in-demand commentator in media outlets such as NPR, Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, Billboard, L.A. Times, CNBC and more. Casey also serves on board of the Alliance for Media Arts and Culture—an organization dedicated to expanding opportunity for media makers in all 50 states and around the world. His book William S. Burroughs & the Cult of Rock ‘n’ Roll will be published by University of Texas Press in 2019, followed by Music Copyright in Practice: an Authoritative Guide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). Casey also runs the DC-based label Lux Eterna Records and is the proud dad to two highly musical daughters.

Ben Hall
Ben Hall is a chef/organizer/artist based in Detroit. Hall’s work revolves around the forms community takes particularly at the Russell Street Deli, a 30-year-old heritage restaurant in Detroit’s, Eastern Market, which Hall owns and operates as a long-term, sited project dealing with labor structures, how capital routes itself, and hierarchical power structures. As a chef Hall produced the first fully integrated, serially repeated, chef-driven school meal in a major municipality producing a vegan, soy-free, gluten-free soup, at cost, for children at Detroit Public Schools where 55,000 students eat for free and 88 percent are financially eligible for school lunch. Hall is in the process of repeating this in Houston, Texas where 165,000 children will eat three different soups every two weeks under the federally mandated nutritional and financial guidelines. Hall worked specifically on those guidelines as an active grassroots lobbyist for the Child Nutrition Re-authorization Act. Additionally, he has been repeatedly active as a lobbyist primarily working on wage rights for low wage workers including giving congressional briefings and also lobbying on the Global Food Security Act with Oxfam. As an artist Hall most recently presented a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and performed at the Moers Jazz Festival as a core member of Nate Wooley’s Seven Storey Mountain orchestra project. As a music producer and organizer he produced over 300 performances in Detroit for visiting artists at Entropy Studios a performance project for experimental sound artists. Using the recording studio there he also produced 60 recordings for numerous artists and performers on the broken research record label. Hall also founded and organizes, the largest Black/AfAm spiritual music archive in the world. He is a member of the American Folklore Society.

Who is MHz Foundation?

MHz Foundation’s Mission is to bring global culture and perspective to U.S. markets via digital programming.

Since 2014, MHz Foundation has been committed to bringing global content and perspective to North American audiences; first, through public broadcasting, and now through a curated online experience with MHz Curationist, launching in early 2019​. MHz Curationist allows MHz Foundation to expand its reach beyond the Metro DC area and provide a powerful tool for users interested in exploring curated arts, culture and educational content from around the world.

MHz Foundation is a Virginia based 501(c)(3) corporation.

Executive Director

Christian Dawson



Sponsorship Director

Hilary B. Osborne



Site Credits

Lightning FruitData SocietyChong+Koster

Source List

Creative Commons


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Rijks Museum




The Science Museum




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