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The Lilley Museum and Reno Contemporaries are hosting a virtual community discussion on November 6

The University of Nevada, Reno hosted a dedication event for the Sierra Hall mural on October 27, 2020. The public is now invited to engage in a community conversation about diversity, inclusion, and equity, hosted by the John & Geraldine Lilley Museum of Contemporary Art and Reno. Guest speakers include former prosecutor and assistant professor of race, law and criminal justice at Zelalem Bogale University, associate dean of diversity and inclusion Daniel Enrique Pérez and mural artist and alumnus of the Master of Fine Arts Rafael Blanco.

The event, Art Ignites: A Community Dialogue on Race, Diversity and Inclusion, is Friday, November 6, beginning at 6 p.m. Participants are requested to register in advance for the discussion. After registering, a confirmation email will be sent to you with information about joining the meeting.

“Art has the power to forge relationships, create a sense of belonging in diverse communities and it can be used as a tool for change,” Lilley director Vivian Zavataro said at the event. wall dedication. “I hope this mural is just the first of many works of art on campus. Public art has the power to be an effective way to spark dialogue.

The mural was completed in July by Blanco, painting the most significant piece of public art – in his view – in just three short weeks. The seven-story mural features six pairs of human eyes representing different races, ages, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. The art, seen as a call to action, is meant to spark conversation and evoke emotions around diversity and inclusion.

Contact The Lilley for any additional information or questions by emailing [email protected]


Photo, left to right: Tamara Scronce, Principal of the School of the Arts, Brian Sandoval, University President, Kavin Sivakumar, Student and Resident Assistant, Shannon Ellis, Vice President of Student Services, Toby Toland, Principal Deputy of Residential Life and Housing, and Vivian Zavataro, Director of the Lilley Museum of Art.