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Marlo Barrera (they/them/theirs) is a queer, Latinx, New Orleans native working at the intersection of the education, economic and reproductive justice movements. They are a founding member of the Reproductive Justice Action Collective (ReJAC), a group that runs various citywide projects including Plan B NOLA, which distributes free and by-donation emergency contraception through a city-wide network of Community Support Members and Community Outposts. Marlo is a poetry writer and art maker that is moving toward more closely connecting their organizing work and art practices.

Nic Brierre Aziz is an artist from New Orleans, LA. He is currently cultivating his community focused art practice as the Director of Programs for New Orleans based multi-arts organization Antenna and as Community Engagement Curator for the New Orleans Museum of Art. He is also the manager of the Haitian Cultural Legacy Collection and founder of WriteBrained – a youth development program that utilizes the power of writing and unique cultural experiences as catalysts for self-discovery. He has contributed to publications such as HuffPost and AFROPUNK and his work has been featured in The Oxford American, The Associated Press and The Alternative UK.

Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist and writer of African-American, Filipino & Chinese descents. Campbell’s practice ruptures collective memory, imagines social transformations, and questions the politics of witnessing using site, archives, installation, and performance- based works. Campbell exhibits internationally, and selected honors include: Pollock-Krasner Award, MacDowell, Rijksakademie, and Whitney ISP. Campbell is a concurrent Drawing Center Open Sessions Fellow and fourth-year Tulsa Artist Fellow, who lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Hannah Chalew is an artist from New Orleans. She received her BA from Brandeis University in 2009 and her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2016. Chalew has exhibited widely around New Orleans and across the United States. Her work is held in the collections of the City of New Orleans and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Her work is included in two creative atlases by writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, co-authored with Rebecca Snedeker and Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, co- authored with Joshua Jelly-Schapiro.

Lily Consuelo Saporta Tagiuri is an industrial designer and futurist currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work addresses emerging climates and conditions of the contemporary metropolis through design interventions. Using video, food, material exploration, products, and installation, she aims to draw attention to underlying social, political, and environmental systems and to explore alternatives. She has lived and worked in China and England, and has shown internationally, including at the London Design Festival and at NYCxDESIGN. She is currently the Director of Experiments at Open Air Lab, a project dedicated to alleviating air pollution in New York public spaces, and runs her own design consultancy.

Atianna Cordova is a native of New Orleans and the founder of WATER BLOCK, LLC, which is an urban design and tech startup that aims to increase community stewardship in flood water management and community development projects. Atianna has received global recognition for working with youth and communities of color to build equity in design practice. Some honors include being LSU School of Architecture’s first McNair Research Scholar, a LSU Tiger Twelve recipient, a 2016 UC Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence Travel Fellow, a 2017 Salzburg Global Fellow, a 2018 4pt0 Schools Fellow and the co-winner of Propeller’s 2018 Water Challenge Pitch Competition. Atianna received her M.Sc in Disaster Resilience Leadership from Tulane University, Bachelor of Architecture from LSU, and Certificate in Community Development Finance from the University of New Orleans.

Lizania Cruz is a Dominican participatory artist and designer interested in how migration affects ways of being & belonging. Through research, oral history, and audience participation, she creates projects that highlight a pluralistic narrative on migration. Cruz has been an artist-in-residence and fellow at the Laundromat Project Create Change (2018-2019), Agora Collective Berlin (2018), Design Trust for Public Space (2018), and Recess (2019). Her work has been exhibited at the Arlington Arts Center, BronxArtSpace, Project for Empty Space, ArtCenter South Florida, Jenkins Johnson Project Space, The August Wilson Center, Sharjah’s First Design Biennale, and Untitled, Art Miami among others. Furthermore, her artworks and installations have been featured in Hyperallergic, Fuse News, KQED arts, and the New York Times.

Joseph Cuillier is a Harlem based artist, designer, and educator working in social practice originally from New Orleans. Cuillier’s practice engages with language, abstraction as a technology, Black radical pedagogy, and of recent combining fashion and architecture into installation. He currently is faculty at SUNY Purchase. Cuillier has been an artist-in-residence/ fellow at Antenna (2019), New Museum (2018), and A Blade Grass (2016). His work has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries, including the New Museum, the Bronx Museum, and the MoMA Library. Cuillier is the founder of The Black School and Black Love Fest NY.

Bryce Detroit is the Afrofuturist griot, record producer, activist, and pioneer of Entertainment Justice. As a cultural designer, he is a national award- winning music producer, performer, and curator. Through his practice Bryce Detroit demonstrates the power of using music entertainment arts and community legacies, to design cultural infrastructure for preserving, producing, and promoting new Afrikan-Indigenous narratives, cultural literacies, and cooperative music economies. A prominent community advocate, Bryce Detroit grows intersectional self-determined communities as culture director of Center for Community Based Enterprises (C2BE), international delegate for East Michigan Environmental Action Council, and co- founder of Detroit Community Wealth Fund.

Chloe Dewberry is a writer and designer based in New Orleans. Her style and culture writing has appeared in The Fader, Saint Heron, and Opening Ceremony. She recently joined the New Orleans Airlift board and designs clothing with a social justice message under her label ODIE NOLA (“Or Does It Explode”). ODIE NOLA is a collection of recycled clothing designed to shed light on recorded historical untruths and recurrent issues affecting marginalized communities.

Hayrettin Gunc is an architect, urban designer, and researcher based in Brooklyn, NY. His recent work focuses on the exploration of short-term local events to temporarily improve the physical and economic environment of urban areas. Most recently, Hayrettin was a fellow at the Institute of Public Architecture where his research addressed the city’s housing crisis by promoting accessory dwelling units. He is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Adrianne “Ajax” Jackson considers herself a “Yoga Entrepreneur” at Magnolia Yoga, where she is also the owner, visionary and lead teacher. Ajax is of mixed heritage–Spanish & African- American and ultimately considers herself a modern-day woman of the world. She has an extensive background in Arts Education, a B.A. degree from the University of Southern California in Socio Cultural Anthropology and much experience in the non-profit sector along with having traveled to 35+ countries around the world finding her purpose and place within it.

Ariel René Jackson (b.1991) is an American artist raised between New Orleans, LA & Mamou, LA. Jackson received her BFA from The Cooper Union in 2013 and will graduate with an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin Spring 2019. Jackson explores temporal mark-making through the process of transforming relics and symbolic structures. Material remnants of a legacy of farming and black epistemology throughout the African diaspora functions as a guide to sourcing materials and research. Jackson’s work has been exhibited at the SculptureCenter, Studio Museum in Harlem, CUE Art Foundation, RISD Museum, Depaul Art Museum, and the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans to name a few.

Yin Kong is a community-based designer living and working in Manhattan’s Chinatown. She is the co-founder and director of THINK!CHINATOWN, a non-profit that designs and builds projects to connect resources to Manhattan Chinatown using the tools of community engagement and inter-generational volunteer energy. Fluent in Mandarin, she directs storytelling projects and presents emerging Asian American artists and grassroot Chinatown culture groups. Previously project lead of the Dashilar Project, she consulted a municipal agency of Beijing on urban revitalization strategies in the city’s historic hutong core. She holds a Masters of Architecture, Urban Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and a Bachelors of Arts, Urban Studies from Columbia University. Her work has been presented at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016 and the Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture 2007 & 2009.

John Ludlam is a New Orleans- based designer working for social equity through art and design. He has collaborated on community- engaged design processes during his work as a Fellow at the Small Center for Collaborative Design and while a student at the Tulane School of Architecture, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Architecture. He currently works at Colloqate Design in New Orleans, a firm that designs for racial, social, and cultural equity.

Maxwell Mutanda is a pluridisciplinary artist and architect from Harare, Zimbabwe with a social focus on creative enterprise. He is a cofounder of Studio [D] Tale, which explores how design can resolve social and environmental problems. The firm experiments across disciplines ranging from architecture, urban exploration and product innovation to critical design and communications. Mutanda studied Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He has exhibited at institutions worldwide including the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Copenhagen), the Arc en Rêve Centre d’Architecture (Bordeaux), the 2014 and 2016 Venice Architecture Biennales and the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Santiago Pinyol is an artist who works from the terrain of art thinking, in the shifting grounds of the intersection between art, education, activism and urbanism, with special emphasis in decolonial sensibilities. The last eight years his practice has been based in Bogotá, Colombia, oscillating between individual and collective projects: escuela de garaje (2013) and Carne Gallery (2014). Escuela de garage (garage school) is a free and open program that continually changes its subject and structure, whose goal is to continually unlearn and question with others. At this moment the school is working on forms of rearticulation and dissociation of colonial structures that still exist today.

Kristina Kay Robinson is a writer, curator, and visual artist born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her curatorial endeavors include Khalid Abdel Rahman’s ”A Disappearance” and Republica: Temple of Color and Sound, an aesthetic reimagining of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast as free unincorporated territory within the borders of the United States. She is the co-editor of Mixed Company, a collection of short fiction and visual narratives by women of color. Her writing in various genres has appeared in the Xavier Review, Internazionale, Guernica, The Baffler, The Nation and among other outlets.

Caroline Sinders is a machine- learning-design researcher and artist. Currently, she is a fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School exploring trust patterns designed to trick users in social networks, and a senior fellow with the Mozilla Foundation exploring AI, ethics, and society. Sinders has held fellowships with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Eyebeam, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, and the International Center of Photography. Her work has been featured in the Victoria and Albert Museum, MoMA PS1, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Slate, Quartz, and the Channels Festival. Sinders holds a masters from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Banu Çiçek Tülü is an independent researcher, cultural producer and urban designer from South-East Turkey based in Berlin. Her academic and artistic research interests include participation, public space, sonic environment, acoustic ecology, politics of sound, collective listening, environmental spatial justice and interdisciplinary methodologies. She is currently PhD candidate at Hamburg Fine Arts University and granted by Heinrich Böll Foundation. Started when she was a BA student in Istanbul, she continues her political engagement also in Germany. She teaches urban activism class at Humboldt University, Berlin.