In April 2023, Brady Schwind, Executive Director of The Arts of Imagination Foundation, traveled to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to lead a guest lecture exploring how we look at art and timeless stories through the lens of different cultural perspectives.
To illustrate the conversation, Schwind brought with him designer Tom H. John’s original scenic renderings for the 1975 Broadway premiere of THE WIZ, allowing students the opportunity for a first hand experience.
Over a hundred pieces of Tom John’s original artwork was also digitally scanned during the trip, in anticipation of an immersive virtual reality experience to premiere at UNC’s “Charl-Oz” Festival in autumn 2024, which will allow viewers to enter 3D representations of the scenery and to embellish it virtually with their own imaginations.
Special thanks to Dr. Janaka Lewis and Dina Massachi for sponsoring The Arts of Imagination Foundation at the University of North Carolina.
Brady Schwind is a writer, director, and Oz Enthusiast on a mission to definitively catalogue the existing original artwork from the famed "Famous Forty" Oz books.