Image: Ariyan Johnson’s Grand Prize Winner project, “Spiritual Cyphers: A Hip Hop Movement. / Spiritual Cyphers: Hip Hop and the Church (series 1)”.   Since its founding in 2017, the Institute for 21st Century Creativity (21C) has sought to cultivate experimental and arts-based research to innovate and challenge creativity for this century and beyond. With …

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Ariyan becomes newest Faculty member at University of California, Irvine. She follows in the footsteps of Artists who also “Professor” like Spike Lee, Oprah Winfrey, Esperanza Spalding, Tyra Banks and James Franco.

Ariyan Johnson received the grant from Pasadena Cultural Affairs and Commission for the March 2020 ArtNight concerning her interactive work – an African Diaspora theatrical presentation.

In January 2020, the Film Forum honoring Black Women: TrailBlazing African American Actresses and Images in Films and Ariyan Johnson was among great actresses like Pam Grier to be recognized for her work in the film Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.

Ariyan Johnson is the Artist-in-Residence grantee for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs for 2015-2016, 2017-2018 and 2019-2020.

In 2015, Ariyan Johnson choreographed for M.E.N.D. Poverty’s Oscar Gala depicting their mission in a interactive theatrical performance.

Actress | Director | Writer | Producer | Dancer | Choreographer

Ariyan Johnson