Interconnected, A Design Lecture Series
Kaleena Sales is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Tennessee State University, an HBCU (Historically Black College and University), in Nashville, TN. She is endlessly interested in the intersection of Black culture and aesthetics and believes that identities and experiences have an invaluable role in helping to diversify the ways in which designers solve problems. As a member of the AIGA Design Educators Community Steering Committee, Kaleena has advocated for a more inclusive view of design history through her Beyond the Bauhaus series. The connective thread throughout her art and design work and her writing is a focus on sharing minority stories as a form of advocacy to normalize Black lives and include them into the spaces where they’re so often excluded.
Interconnected — a new design lecture series for the 2020-21 academic year — is a collaboration with the design & art programs at Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky, and University of Louisville, in partnership with AIGA Cincinnati, AIGA Louisville, and AIGA Nashville. This year’s focus — Black Voices in Design — aims to diversify and decolonize our pedagogical practices and design curricula.
Each university hosts one speaker for a live, virtual lecture free for interested students, faculty, and professionals in the design community across the region. This line-up features exceptional talent across the field of art and design.