Athiri is a nonprofit dedicated to organizing events, talent, and communities for marginalized people in Louisville, KY.
Board of Directors
Stacey Sougoufara (Chair) | Springhurst Health and Rehab
Kay Coyte | Washington Post (Retired)
Kris Ellison-Baete | WAVE 3 News
Ken Wilson | Rochester City School District (Retired)
Verbon Graves | Jefferson County Public Schools
Dr. Greg Byrne | University of Louisville School of Music
Linda Pulley | Jefferson County Public Schools
Wendy Sirchio | WE Day KY
Carol Clark | California Cutz
Jecorey "1200" Arthur is an award-winning educator, musician, and activist from the West End of Louisville, KY. He earned the nickname “1200” after teaching himself to produce hip hop on a KORG D-1200 studio at age 12. A decade later he became a classically trained musician, and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Education at the University of Louisville.
As an educator, he has taught hundreds of thousands of students around the world in public schools, community centers, and beyond, including a tour to Boys and Girls Clubs of America, a cultural exchange with De Montfort University in England, and an artist-in-residency at New York City's 92nd Street Y. As a performer, he has appeared at Big Ears Festival, Forecastle Festival, and Jungfrau Erzählfestival in Switzerland; performed as a soloist with the Stereo Hideout Brooklyn Orchestra and the Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Nashville, Columbus, and Oregon Symphony Orchestras; and was also the first hip hop artist to perform with the Louisville Orchestra including world premieres of folk opera The Way Forth and rap opera The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, in which he starred as his hometown hero. As an activist, he has advocated for African-American representation in arts, education, and business, most notably through music he composed for theatre, film, television, radio, and studio albums.
1200 is currently the Music Education Manager at Louisville Public Media, Professor of Percussion Studies at Simmons College of Kentucky, a member of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network Artist Roster, endorsed by Salyers Percussion, a Black Male Engagement Genius Fellow, and President of Athiri, a nonprofit he founded organizing events, talent, and communities for marginalized people. 1200’s latest EP, Arsnova, is available on all platforms and you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1200LLC.
“The word ‘Athiri’ is Swahili for ‘affect.’ I’ve spent my career as an artist priortizing education over enteraintment, and met a number of other artists along the way that shared this sentiment. It wasn’t enough for us to educate, we had to also delegate — through our art and our actions, ways we wanted to affect our communities. This organized effort is Athiri.”
Jecorey “1200” Arthur, Athiri Inc. Founder and President