Presented as part of Red Line Services’ Designing Belonging series, this Lunch & Learn program features a talk by Chandra Christmas-Rouse, an urban planner, advocate, and artist based in Chicago. With the goal of meeting the needs and priorities of residents and communities most effectively, she shares a healing-centered community development framework that includes guiding principles, strategies, and practices for community development practitioners. Christmas-Rouse also discusses her creative practice, which explores the spaces that make us remember, feel, and imagine community in the greater Bronzeville neighborhood. She concludes by facilitating an activity about designing spaces that reflect the values, cultures, and traditions of our communities.
A background in community development and environmental justice informs Chandra Christmas-Rouse’s participatory design approach. She currently serves as a Senior Manager at the Metropolitan Planning Council.
A meal is shared after the program. Free and open to the public. RSVP is required.
Designing Belonging is an eight-month public lecture series, followed by intensive design + research workshops, that engage houseless artists in the reimaging of Chicago’s public spaces.