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ArtCenter College of Design’s bi-weekly podcast features intimate interviews with leading artists examining the ideas fueling their work and how the creative process can be a catalyst for change—personally, professionally and globally. Hosted by ArtCenter President, Lorne M. Buchman, these conversations examine the many ways in which artists and designers are enriching our lives. ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education; and our mission statement—Learn to create. Influence change—lies at the center of all we do.

Change Lab: Conversations on Transformation and Creativity ArtCenter College of Design, hosted by ArtCenter President Lorne M. Buchman

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ArtCenter College of Design’s bi-weekly podcast features intimate interviews with leading artists examining the ideas fueling their work and how the creative process can be a catalyst for change—personally, professionally and globally. Hosted by ArtCenter President, Lorne M. Buchman, these conversations examine the many ways in which artists and designers are enriching our lives. ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education; and our mission statement—Learn to create. Influence change—lies at the center of all we do.

    Grace Lynne Haynes on painting to redefine darkness and light

    Grace Lynne Haynes on painting to redefine darkness and light

    Grace Lynne Haynes’ creative calling didn’t announce itself until she set foot in her first college painting class. But from that moment forward, Grace’s artistic destiny came through loud and clear, as unmistakable as a spiritual epiphany.
    Here’s how she describes it: “It almost reactivated my physical senses. I felt as if colors were brighter, senses were stronger. I just felt like my passion for life began to come back again. I knew that I had to be doing this for a living."
    She poured that passion into her painting practice as an Illustration student at ArtCenter, where she cultivated the signature style that quickly translated into a thriving career as a professional painter and illustrator. 
    Her works are striking and instantly recognizable, at least partially because you’ve probably seen them on the cover of The New Yorker, which has featured two of her illustrations in the past eight months. She’s also recently graced the pages of Vogue, ELLE and The Washington Post.
    The vibrancy of her bright color schemes and rich skin tones, which she describes as “pitch black,” offer a counter-narrative to the negative connotations placed on the very idea of darkness. Grace’s brush strokes depict a better world, one where light and dark coexist harmoniously in brightly hued images that celebrate contrast.
    Grace’s career launched like a rocket the moment she graduated from ArtCenter. She was selected to be an inaugural member of Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock Senegal residency and was included in Forbes “30 Under 30” list under Art and Style.
    In many respects, Grace is now living her dream along with that of most every young artist. But perhaps most admirable is her commitment to pursuing a creative practice that reflects her deeply-held values.

    https://www.bygracelynne.com/

    • 48 min
    Change Lab Present: Micheaux Mission

    Change Lab Present: Micheaux Mission

    Throughout this season, on alternating weeks, we’ll feature a handpicked episode from podcasts by, for or about the Black community.
    This week we’re excited to share an episode from the Micheaux Mission. Since 2016, Len Webb and Vincent Williams have been challenging themselves to watch and review every Black feature film ever made and released to theaters.
    In Vincent's words, they hope to give 'Rolling Stone' style examination to these under appreciated works of art. Together they hope to find the perfect wine to drink with Pam Grier's Coffy, the five movies, since 1985, in which Samuel L. Jackson does not appear, and someone else who agrees with Len that The Last Dragon is a bad movie.
    The Micheaux Mission is named for Oscar Micheaux, regarded as the first major African-American feature filmmaker and the most successful African-American filmmaker of the first half of the twentieth century. 
    Len and Vincent have spent the last few years bringing the good word of Black film to the masses in a fun and engaging way. Along the way, they have been featured in The Philadelphia Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Radio New Zealand and won the Expression in Radio Award at the 2019 PhillyCam Cammy Awards.
    Today’s episode features the 2012 film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. According to the Micheaux Mission, Writer/director Terence Nance has created a literal poem of a movie, a heartfelt exploration of one man's feeling for his homie-lover-friend, that has enthralled Vince and Len unlike any film before on the Mission.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Cedric Johnson on thinking historically about racial justice and the policing crisis

    Cedric Johnson on thinking historically about racial justice and the policing crisis

    Last year, Cedric Johnson embedded himself at ArtCenter for a week-long residency. Included in that visit was a talk about the policing crisis as well as a workshop with students exploring what it means to “do good” in the world through art and design. 
    These issues have only become more timely in the intervening year. But as any good historian will tell you – and Cedric most definitely fits that description – history has a way of colliding with the present if you wait long enough. 
    As a professor of political science and African American studies at University of Illinois at Chicago, Cedric has dedicated his academic career to studying and writing about the relationship between class, race and social change. These ideas coalesce in rich narrative detail in his award-winning book, Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics.
    Cedric has a gift for communicating complex and sometimes disruptive ideas with warmth, clarity and impressive skill. Throughout his extensive writings (and in his interview with Change Lab), he emphasizes the need for addressing the roots of racial injustice in class inequities, from persistent poverty and the “crimes of survival” committed as a result of “structural unemployment.
    Our conversation was full of ideas, both grounded and groundbreaking, that are critical to creating sustainable social change. Particularly germane to the ArtCenter community, were his observations on the importance of decommodifying education (i.e., making it accessible to all students regardless of their ability to pay). This, he insists, is an essential stepping stone toward creating more diverse, equitable and inclusive college campuses.

    • 55 min
    Change Lab Presents: Scene On Radio

    Change Lab Presents: Scene On Radio

    Welcome to our third episode of Change Lab Presents
    Throughout this season, on alternating weeks, we’ll feature a handpicked episode from podcasts by, for or about the Black community.
    This week we’re excited to share an episode from Scene On Radio, produced by host John Biewen, in conversation with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika.
    Scene on Radio is a Peabody-nominated podcast that dives deeply into issues central to American society. The show comes from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and is distributed by PRX. 
    Today’s episode features Myra Greene, who for years explored blackness through her photography, often in self-portraits. She then explored what it would mean to take pictures of whiteness. By photographing friends, peers, and mentors, Greene visually ponders whether photography can capture and describe the nuances of whiteness.  
    Please enjoy this Change Lab Presents episode of Scene on Radio.

    Scene On Radio Website

    • 41 min
    Kevin Bethune on realizing dreams through design

    Kevin Bethune on realizing dreams through design

    Like the consummate designer he is -- Kevin Bethune has iterated his own job description. 
    Kevin’s strikingly diverse career-path includes stints as a nuclear engineer at Westinghouse Electric, a financial manager at Nike and strategic design innovator at Boston Consulting group -- all achievements that would stand alone as a high-point on most resumes. 
    But Kevin still had goals he’d yet to articulate and accomplish. And, as you’ll hear through his deeply introspective reflections in this episode of Change Lab, Kevin takes his dreams very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that they became the driving force behind his current venture, an innovation think-tank called dreams, design + life.
    Animated by the idea of bringing a child-like openness and imagination to realizing our highest possibilities, Kevin now leads a multi-disciplinary team at dreams, design + life. There, he uses design innovation tools to help businesses plan for an uncertain future. 
    Kevin is a unicorn even by Silicon Valley standards. He comes to the table bearing a trio of specialized degrees from prestigious institutions – including a Master of Science in Industrial Design from ArtCenter. And, perhaps even more rare and relevant to his success is the kindness, humility and integrity he brings to every layer of his creative process. 
    Though he has faced his share of obstacles as a person of color. He’s prevailed by remaining true to his commitment to connecting people with their dreams and taking the high road in business and in life.

    • 54 min
    Change Lab Presents: The Brown Girls Guide to Politics

    Change Lab Presents: The Brown Girls Guide to Politics

    Welcome to our second episode of Change Lab Presents
    Throughout this season, on alternating weeks, we’ll feature a series of bonus episodes we’ve handpicked from some of our favorite podcasts by, for or about the Black community.
    This week, we’re excited to share an episode from The Brown Girl's Guide to Politics from the Wonder Media Network.
    Host A’shanti Gholar leads conversations with women changing the face of politics. Episodes include interviews with politicians, candidates, and influencers. 
    Today you'll hear from Brittany Packnett Cunningham. Named by People Magazine as one of the five inspiring people chartering a path forward as America fights racism, Brittany is the co-founder of Campaign Zero and a leading force in the fight for social justice.
    Please enjoy this Change Lab Presents episode of The Brown Girl's Guide to Politics.

    https://brittanypacknett.com/bio

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Pasadena Feminist ,

Inspiring podcasts on creativity

When I need inspiration I turn to Change Lab as one of the podcasts where I can find it. I am incredibly grateful ArtCenter College of Design started the podcasts with its velvet-voiced intelligent President Dr Lorne Buchman.

Clarisse Gomez ,

Awesome Podcast!!!

Lorne, host of the Change Lab podcast, highlights all aspects of creativity, transformation and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

alexandralala ,

Expertly produced, inspiring content.

Expertly produced, interesting and inspiring content, and a wonderful and diverse mix of guests. Especially like the way the Lorne easily talks about design and process and love the rich sounds mixed it. Looking forward to next season!

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