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By: Andy Alvarez --- Reflections from Open Engagement 2017 – JUSTICE   It was my first time ever being in the Midwest and I was amazed at the type of city that Chicago is. This vast, diverse, and progressive metropolitan city has a completely different feel to my home...

By: Christopher Barahona --- Reflections from Open Engagement 2017 – JUSTICE   In all honesty, I had a preconceived notion of what the Midwest was going to be like. That notion was of a city, Chicago, with a lack of diversity and lack of prominent cultural landmarks to see....

By: Omar Vargas --- Reflections from Open Engagement 2017 – JUSTICE   This April, the Urban Futures Lab Fellows had the opportunity to present on our fellowship at Open Engagement, a conference in Chicago. Open Engagement is an annual artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around socially engaged...

A Creative Call to Action for Safer Streets! // Join neighbors, artists, community groups, and Temple Street Slow Jams Project Partners Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles Walks, Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) and Public Matters as we transform Temple Street from a high-speed roadway into a spectacular stretch of...

CRITICAL INQUIRY + REPRESENTATION: Interrogating Appearances, Building Professional Identities, Crafting Campaigns /// Urban Futures Lab Module 4 asked Fellows to come with questions. Not just any questions, but better, more informed questions. In order to develop the skills of asking tough questions and excavate the roots of...

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Fellows hosted their seventh Urban Futures Lab Supper Club with special guests DMA, President of Planet DMA, and McCrae A. Parker, Technology and Social Equity Strategist at McP & Associates Consulting. This dinner was a culmination of Module 4,...

The arts are indispensable to civic and public life. Our government's budget should reflect it. --- ADVOCACY IN TWO PARTS 1) Call your representative 2) Send a postcard (scroll down for printable versions) Find your reps' contact info: >>Various Elected Officials >>U. S. Senators >>House of Representatives --- CALL YOUR REP – RESOURCES Talking points for...