A key goal of Art Design Chicago is to build and strengthen relationships between Chicago-based visual art institutions and the communities they serve. To that end, Art Design Chicago partners are convening regularly, with a focus on cooperative idea-generation, knowledge exchange, and collective problem-solving around equitable and inclusive community-engagement strategies.
As the Terra Foundation Senior Engagement Fellow, artist and educator Pascale Ife Williams works closely with members of the Art Design Chicago Engagement Learning Community to facilitate learning sessions and provide counsel as they innovate community-centered approaches for exhibition and program development and advance their community-engagement practices. Williams brings with her an artist’s perspective and more than 10 years of experience in justice-driven arts and community-engaged work.
“I am constantly inspired by the heart and soul of Chicago—our people, our creations, our ‘Yes! We play as hard as we work’ attitude. Our constant commitment to uncover the radical (roots) of an issue. Even amid all of the challenges in our city, we are always angled toward what’s possible, what is the lesson. It’s an honor to bring this energy to every project I do.”
Pascale Ife Williams, Terra Foundation Senior Engagement Fellow