Dialogue-on-Diversity Spring Lecture, March 23

Tony Johnson
The Dialogue-on-Diversity Spring Lecture Series will present “Express Yo’self: The Power, Problem, and Potential of the Arts” with Tony Johnson of the Rhode Island School of Design. Johnson is director of multicultural affairs at RISD, a visual and performing artist, and arts administrator.

The event will be held on Wednesday, March 23, from 12:30-2 p.m. in Alger Hall 110.

The lecture will explore the role of the arts in supporting the universal pursuit of inquiry, as a mirror of the human condition, and in realizing the hope of democracy and understanding the inter-connectedness of the human experience.

Additionally, Johnson will address the question, “How are societal realities and inequities being acknowledged and addressed within arts institutions and the arts community-at-large?”

“As we anticipate a new era in arts education at RIC with the renovation of the Art Center, this lecture will help us take a look at the importance of the arts as a reflection of contemporary social issues,” said Antoinette Gomes, co-chair of the Dialogue-on-Diversity Committee and director of RIC’s Unity Center.

The lecture is funded and supported by the Office of the President, a College Lectures Committee grant and the Dialogue-on-Diversity Committee.