The Kennedy Center announced the appointment of Simone Eccleston on Wednesday. She’ll start on March 13, 2017.
The move is part of a push by the Kennedy Center to incorporate more hip hop into its programming. Last year, the center named rapper Q-Tip as its artistic director for hip hop. Q-Tip is one of the founding members of A Tribe Called Quest.
In a statement, she calls the Kennedy Center’s commitment to hip hop programming “deeply significant.”