Innovations in Design Across the Diaspora: A Conversation with Robert Garland, Pamela Allen-Cummings, Toni-Leslie James, and Busayo Olupona

2.23.24 | 5pm–6:30pm
February 23, 2024 | 5pm–6:30pm |
Afro-American Cultural Center


The Afro-American Cultural Center is located at 211 Park Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Doors open at 4:30pm. 

This event is free and open to the public. 


Yale Schwarzman Center in partnership with the Yale School of Art presents Innovations in Design Across the Diaspora, a conversation with Dance Theatre of Harlem Artistic Director Robert Garland, Dance Theatre of Harlem costume designer Pamela Allen-Cummings, co-chair of design at the David Geffen School of Drama Toni-Leslie James, and BUSAYO brand founder and designer Busayo Olupona. This event will take place on February 23, 2024, from 5pm to 6:30pm, in the Afro-American Cultural Center and will be moderated by designer and visual artist Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Assistant Professor & Director of Graduate Studies in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art.

This event is a part of the Spotlight on DEI in Art Series. This series was initiated by Yale School of Art and highlights non-European cultures and their influence on the Arts in painting, graphic design, sculpture, and photography.

As a follow-up to this event, on February 24, Busayo will host a one-day activation of More Amour Boutique at The Shops at Yale which will feature garments from Busayo herself that will be available for purchase.

Two dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem, male and female, in red costumes on a dark stage

Dance Theatre of Harlem Company Artists Kouadio Davis and Alexandra Hutchinson in Higher Ground, Photo: Theik Smith. Costume:  Pamela Allen-Cummings

Featured image:

Dance Theatre of Harlem Company Artist Ingrid Silva in Return, Photo: Rachel Neville. Costume: Pamela Allen-Cummings