In Dialogue: Artist as Citizen

January 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Trustee Room, Mark Building

Darrell Grant sitting at pianoIn Dialogue is an occasional series of interdisciplinary, discussion-based seminars that explore art on view at the Museum in relation to works in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. During the 2017–18 program year, we will investigate the idea of artist as citizen. How do artists participate in our social and political world through their artwork? Pianist/composer Darrell Grant will facilitate this seminar “Being Change–The Artist as Citizen.” In the midst of society’s challenges, artists can play a critical role in shepherding communities out of conflict and division into dialogue and renewal. Sharing insights from his new PSU course, “The Artist as Citizen,” Grant will lead a discussion about the responsibilities, challenges, and opportunities of today’s artists to advocate, engage, and even provoke communities toward positive change. Participants are encouraged to think about their own examples of civic engagement, as well as reflect on some of the following readings in Darrell’s recent blog article Being Change.

Composer, pianist, and educator Darrell Grant’s work explores the power of art to make change. Grant is a Professor of Music at Portland State University where he directs the Leroy Vinnegar Jazz Institute.

Space is limited. Registration required.

Educators and students use the promo code EDUCATOR18 for free admission.

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The In Dialogue series is cosponsored by Portland State University–University Studies.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.