Award-Winning Artist Common Takes the Stage at Vision Expo East


Vision Expo debuted its EYE2EYE Series with a celebrity guest appearance by award-winning artist Common last week during Vision Expo East. Headlining the event, Common took to the new BRIDGE stage to share an insightful conversation moderated by multi-media personality, Lilliana Vasquez. As the first of its kind for Vision Expo, the keynote conversation afforded attendees an inspiring and empowering look at Common’s thoughts on storytelling and creativity to kick-off their Show experience.

Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council, opened the session by introducing Vasquez and Common as well as thanking the crowd for their participation in Vision Expo. “By being here today and through your support of The Vision Expos, you enable us to spread the word about the importance of eyewear and eyecare through nationwide campaigns like Think About Your Eyes and National Sunglasses Day,” Mills said.

The session ended with an interactive Q+A with questions crowd-sourced directly from Vision Expo attendees. Attendees asked Common about his most rewarding projects, the impact of social media on creativity and lessons learned throughout his career.

The EYE2EYE Series is intended to become a new annual event at Vision Expo East. Following the Show, Vision Expo will gather input from exhibitors and attendees to include in the upcoming series planning.


About Vision Expo
Vision Expo East (Education: March 21-24, 2019; Exhibition: March 22-24, 2019) in New York City and West (Education: September 18-21, 2019; Exhibition: September 19-21, 2019) in Las Vegas are trade-only conferences and exhibitions for eyecare and eyewear presented by co-owners Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council. Vision Expo is the complete event for ophthalmic professionals, where eyecare meets eyewear, and education, fashion and innovation mingle. In the Vision Expo Exhibit Hall, eyecare providers can discover trends, interact with new technologies and access innovative products and services. The Vision Expo education program is driven by the profession, offering content of the highest quality and relevance to enhance overall patient care. For more information, visit and follow Vision Expo on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About The Vision Council
Championing better vision for better lives, The Vision Council positions its members for success by promoting growth in the vision care industry through education, advocacy, research, consumer outreach, strategic relationship building and industry forums. By sharing the latest in eyewear trends, advances in technology and advice from eyewear experts, The Vision Council serves as a resource to the public looking to learn more about options in eyeglasses and sunglasses.

Claire Goldsmith MidPage