Arts Project ONLINE launches new series: Essence of Democracy

Featuring conversations with artists whose work gives voice to those often unheard
artwork in shape of a hat made of laser cut fiber

"Wearing My Burden"  laser cut fiber by Kiana Honarmand.

Credit: Kiana Honarmand

The Essence of Democracy is a new Arts Project ONLINE virtual event series featuring conversations with artists whose work gives voice to those often unheard. Ann Lalik, gallery director and arts coordinator at Penn State Lehigh Valley (PSU-LV), will moderate the panel consisting of the artist, PSU-LV faculty or staff and a student whose discipline, life experiences and interests align with the artist’s message and concept.

The webinar series will amplify voices that are often stifled, through racism, gender discrimination, homophobia, ableism, etc. when fear or ignorance allow the perpetuation of suppression through systemic oppression.

head shot of Kiana Honarmand

 Kiana Honarmand, Iranian artist, who will be featured in Arts Project ONLINE's Essence of Democracy event on Oct. 15.

Credit: Kiana Honarmand

The first event in the series will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Featured Iranian artist Kiana Honarmand will be joined by Maryam Kiani, lecturer in mathematics at Penn State Lehigh Valley, and PSU-LV student Mahnoor Malik for the first event in the series titled “Wearing my Burden.”

The second event, “So(sew), America Cares,” will occur from noon to 1 p.m. on Nov. 12. Miami artist Aurora Molina will converse with Jennifer Talwar Parker, associate professor of sociology at Penn State Lehigh Valley.

All Arts Project ONLINE events will be hosted via Zoom and are free and open to the public. Each session will be in webinar format with Q&A time at the end of the program.

Visit the Essence of Democracy registration page to register and receive the Zoom address. Live captioning will be provided by Penn State Lehigh Valley Virtual Education Department.

This series is supported by the Dr. Ann Williams Visiting Innovator Program Endowment, Student Activity Fee and the PA Council on the Arts.

Contact Ann Lalik with questions at [email protected] or by calling 610-285-5261. 


Dennille Schuler

Public Relations Specialist
Penn State Lehigh Valley

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