Is art just a means of personal expression, or can it bring about social change? Six local artists will discuss that concept in a program at UR Downtown’s Wilton Companies Gallery, 626 E. Broad St., Sept. 3, at 5:30 p.m.

Panelists include Daniel José Costódio, spoken arts performer and community activist; William Ashanti Hobbs III, novelist and Virginia State University professor; Adria Hoffman, K–12 music teacher whose work centers on young people’s social identity; Patricia Herrera, University of Richmond theater professor and co-founder of a Latina theater company; Noah Scalin, graphic designer and VCU instructor; and Tanja Softic, University of Richmond art professor and creator of mixed-media project Migrant Universe. Liz Sheehan, director of Partners in the Arts, will moderate.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Seats can be reserved online at downtown.richmond.edu (click on The Citizen Artist). For more information, e-mail downtown@richmond.edu or call Liz Sheehan at 804-955-4010.

The panel’s focus on citizen artists — artists directly engaged with the community — reflects UR Downtown’s mission of connecting with the city of Richmond and engaging in meaningful discussion of current social issues.

The event is co-sponsored by Partners in the Arts, a program of the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies, and the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at UR Downtown, with funding from the University of Richmond’s Cultural Affairs Committee.