Urban Futures Lab

On August 8, 2017, the Fellows hosted their eight Urban Futures Lab Supper Club with special guests Mario Fedelin, Executive Director of Big Citizen HUB, and artist Gregory Sale. This dinner was a culmination of Module 5, Leadership. Over fresh vegan mango spring rolls and pad...

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...

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...