Arts Leadership Award Program

Chris Johnson

Representing Alameda County Supervisorial District Four —

Chris Johnson of Oakland, is the founder of Question Bridge: Black Males, an organization that provides a forum for dialogue among black men and new opportunities for understanding and healing. This project is the 2015 winner of the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award. Mr. Johnson is a professor of photography at California College of the Arts, Oakland and San Francisco. From 1999 – 2005 he served as chair of the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Commission, and from 1997 to 2000, he was director of the Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography. As a member of the Public Art Management Team for the Port of Oakland, Chris Johnson was project manager and originator of the concept for the 8 by 20 foot Media Wall that was installed in 2007. The Media Wall’s images and videos are seen by all visitors to the baggage claim area of the Oakland International Airport.