Toliver-Diallo appointed to University City arts commission


Wilmetta Toliver-Diallo, PhD, assistant dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and senior lecturer in African and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, has been appointed to University City’s Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters. She was sworn in as a commissioner May 26.

The commission advises the City Council on artistic, cultural and scholarly programs within University City. It is dedicated to “promoting the arts and making art publicly visible and accessible to a broad and diverse community audience.”

Toliver-Diallo, who founded Washington University’s African Film Festival, approached University City Mayor Shelley Welsch in 2011 about organizing a series of outdoor movies during the summer months as an alternative activity for University City adolescents. The “Movies in the Parks” series celebrates its fifth anniversary this summer.

After witnessing Toliver-Diallo’s initiative to create opportunities for younger residents through the arts, Welsch invited her to serve on the arts commission for a four-year term.

Learn more about the University City Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters.