Urban Think & Drink Creativity, Arts and Economic Vitality

Date(s) - 08/02/18
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Metropolitan Planning Council

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Urban Think & Drink
Creativity, Arts and Economic Vitality


August 2, 2018, 5 to 7 p.m.

Artists contribute to our cultural dialogue by shedding light on critical social issues. Today, leaders in Chicago’s creative community are exploring the link between the arts, community advocacy, and issues tied to Chicago’s economic future, such as education, gentrification, and segregation.

Join MPC for a panel discussion on the role of the arts and artists in promoting economic vitality and equity in our region and beyond.


  • Moderated by Tiffanie Beatty, Associate Director of Programming at the Chicago Humanities Festival and founder of “Art Is Bonfire”
  • Lynn Basa: Artist, author and founder of The Corner Project in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood; Basa uses art as a tool for community engagement and advocates for policies which protect community assets.
  • Paola Aguirre: Founder of urban design and research practice Borderless Studio/Workshop and featured designer at Jane Addams Hull-House exhibition, “Claiming Space: Creative Grounds and Freedom Summer School,” which utilizes interactive mapping to visualize Chicago Public School closures and reflect on the social and economic consequences of school closings. Paola is also an active educator and teaches in the Department of Architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Faheem Majeed: Former Executive Director and Curator for the South Side Community Art Center; artist Faheem Majeed’s works explore themes of marginalization and synthesize making, curation, performance and community organizing, approaching art as a platform for change.