Core Team

Kate Bowen

Lead Organizer

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Alden Nowell Burke

Lead Organizer

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Stephanie Koch

Lead Organizer

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Adia Sykes

Lead Organizer

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Tiffany Johnson

Programs Manager

Copy Edits & Translations

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Gabriela Rivero

Spanish Translator

D Rosen

Copy Editor

Design and Web Development

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KT Duffy and J Sangster Big Mx. Studio

About the Committees

The Chicago Art Census is intentionally co-authored in community with art workers. As part of this initiative, the Census is made through the participation of several Census Committees made up of art workers who represent a breadth of communities, disciplines, organizational affiliations, and zip codes who are integral to the creation, dissemination, and evaluation of the Census. The Census Committees are our locus point, the space in which data, information, knowledge, and wisdom collide. It is where the lived experiences of art workers from all different sectors, zip codes, and backgrounds can give life and shape to a tool that hopes to serve their larger communities.

There are five Census Committees: Steering Committee, Research and Development, Community Outreach, Community Liaisons, and the Census Peer Review

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee provides strategic oversight and guidance to the project. The individuals of this group are the main advocates for the project's endeavours and help establish and uphold the values and mission of the project.

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Alice Berry

Independent Artist, Art Therapist, and Fashion Designer

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Claire Rice

Arts Alliance Illinois

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Esther Grimm


Kate Dumbleton

Hyde Park Jazz Festival and School of the Art Insitute of Chicago

Kelly Lloyd

This Thing We Call Art, HAIR CLUB, Party as Form, Ruskin School of Art, Reading School of Art

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La Keisha Leek

Independent Curator, L'Louise Arts, Candor Arts, MacArthur Foundation, and Bridge

Meida McNeal

Honey Pot Performance & Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, City of Chicago

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Quenna Barrett

Theater Artist and Educator, Governors State University

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Sandra Aponte

The Chicago Community Trust and National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures

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Tempestt Hazel

Sixty Inches From Center

Research and Development Committee

The Census will survey and engage across the visual, performing, musical and literary arts throughout Chicago. The Research and Development Committee consists of members who represent these different art sectors across Chicago, bringing the unique needs and desires of their audiences into the build-out of the Census. This committee is actively involved with the building of the Census and is crucial to the by-and-for approach of the Census. This committee uses community-centered design practices as a way to co-create the Census together.

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Devin Shaffer

American Dreams Records

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Elsa Hiltner

Collaboraction and On Our Team

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Gloria Talamantes

Brown Wall Project

Joseph Josué Mora

Yollocalli Arts Reach Alum, Staff Advisor for SAIC SITE Galleries, and Assistant Director of Exhibitions at SAIC Galleries

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Tyler Thompson

773 Dance Project

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Tara Betts

Chicago Humanities Festival, Whirlwind Learning Center, and Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project

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Andy Slater

Founder of Society Of Visually Impaired Sound Artists, and Director of the Sound As Sight

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Community Outreach Outreach and Community Liaisons

The Community Outreach Committee ensures the widespread and accessible dissemination of the Census and works to digitally and physically distribute the Census across all 77 neighborhoods in Chicago. Community Liaisons focus on coalition building throughout the Chicago arts community. This group helps identify and cultivate relationships with arts community partners and maintain enthusiasm for the project amongst partners. They also advise on educational programming and public events. The Census team is currently working to build these teams.

Peer Reviewers

Representing Chicago’s 77 community areas, Peer Reviewers take and review the Census before its release to the wider public. There are three phases of peer review—two initial drafts and one final draft—with each phase tested and evaluated by 25 to 26 reviewers. Peer Review is a formal community assessment offering the opportunity to institute change at each stage of development.

Aileen Cortez

Alex Knapik

Alexis Brocchi

Alexy Irving

Amanda Assaley

Amanda Maraist

Amie Sell

Bryan LeBeuf

Catie Rutledge

Christina Warzecha

Colleen Keihm

Curtis Miller

D Rosen

Dana Bassett

Daniel Ronan

Elana Tenner

Aki Takebayashi

Evan Fusco

Farah Salem

Gabe Holcombe

Gabrielle Christiansen

Galina Shevchenko

Hannah Santistevan

Janelle Miller

Jean Osberger

Jon Veal

Jordan Knecht

Jory Drew

Joshi Radin

Joshua Rios

Karen Dana Cohen

Kate Zeller

Katherine Greenleaf

Kayla Anderson

Kirsten Baity

Kristen P Ahern

Lauren Steinberg

Libia Bianibi

Lisa Claire Greene

Maggie Wong

Marcela Torres

Mariela Acuna

Matt Bodetet

Matthew Austin

Mia Lopez

Micah Dillman

Nathan Abhalter Smith

Nathan Braunfeld

Nayeon Yang

Nia Easley

Noah Hanna

Olive Stefanski

Tracy Onyx Montes

Pauline Mosley

Raymond Rivera

Rebecca Grace Hill

Rebecca Zorach

Richard Costes

Sarah Skaggs

Sophie Buchmueller

Teshika Silver

Tess Haratonik

Verónica Casado Hernández

Victoria Sockwell

William Estrada

Yi Cao

Zuri Washington