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Social issues in exhibition spaces discussed in free online lecture

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Exhibition Design: Narrative Spaces, Connectivity, and Social Engagement, a free online lecture on possibilities to transform exhibition spaces into a platform for underrepresented and difficult social issues, will be discussed by certified Registered Graphic Designer (RGD) Rina Alfonso via Zoom on Thursday, June 30, at 3:00 p.m.

Studio Aorta Founder
and Creative Director
Rina Alfonso, RGD

Alfonso will speak on how exhibition design utilizes objects, graphics, and multi-dimensional spaces. She will also talk about merges in curatorial practice, graphic design, and programmatic spatial design in delivering these stories. 

She will elaborate on how design in itself can help the audience gain a broader perspective and understanding of the different important social and historical narratives. 

Alfonso, whose experience spans working in diverse organizations, museums, and design and architectural firms, is the founder and owner of Studio Aorta, a certified women- and minority-owned business enterprise (WMBE) in Washington, DC, which creates captivating spatial experiences through the synergy of compelling narratives, thoughtful design, and artistic expression. This is all while ensuring that their works promote and celebrate diversity, strength, and experience of interwoven journeys. 

With a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Culture from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, and a Master of Arts in Exhibition Design from the Corcoran College of Art+Design in Washington, DC, she is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Master of Fine Arts in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design Program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Exhibition Design: Narrative Spaces, Connectivity, and Social Engagement is the latest program under MCAD Platforms of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. 

MCAD Platforms is an avenue to promote contemporary art and design through workshops, lectures, and events to a diverse and wide range of audience through the power of technology.

For more information, visit Benilde MCAD at or email

Interested participants may register for the free webinar through


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