The Arts + Public Life initiative is comprised of a dedicated team of staff at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, a wide network of resident and visiting artists (including current and former participants in our residency program), community participants, programmatic partners, and friends.

Arts + Public Life seeks to engage diverse audiences—artists, South Side community organizations, youth, adults, and University of Chicago students, faculty, and staff—in conversation and exchange around the arts. Become a part of the family by joining our mailing list.

For general inquiries, please email, or call our office at (773) 702-9724 M-F, 9am-5pm.

PLEASE NOTE: Arts + Public Life's offices and spaces on the Arts Block in Washington Park are currently closed to the public due to Covid-19 restrictions and protocols. 

Mailing Address:
Arts + Public Life
301 E Garfield Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60637


The Team:


Nootan Bharani
Associate Director of Design and University Partnerships | 773.795.1940

Harold Brown
Maintenance Engineer

Isis Ferguson
Director of City and Community Strategy | 773.795.1939

Julia Hinojosa
Assistant Director of Education Programs | 773.834.0224

Hannah Jasper
Exhibitions Coordinator

Gabriel Moreno
Design Apprenticeship Program + Project Manager | 773.834.3714

Alfredo Nieves - Moreno
Deputy Director

Fabiola Ramirez
Assistant Director, Operations | 773.702.9724

Tony Santiago
Theater and Programs Manager

Jacqueline Najuma Stewart
Director, Arts + Public Life

Nadia Sulayman
Director, Community Arts + Programs | 773.834.9803

Brett Swinney
Community Arts Engagement Manager  | 773.834.5141

Erin Venable
Assistant Director, Communications | 773.795.1136

Razor Wintercastle
Production and Technical Education Manager | 


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The Office of Civic Engagement
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
The KLEO Center
Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry