Exploring the Intersection of Arts and City Infrastructure

APA Illinois Chapter


Monday, July 22, 2019
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDT

Chicago, IL, United States

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From parades to permanent art installations, this session will explore how urban infrastructure can serve as the canvas for public art that ranges from moments of simple joy, to energizing a community, welcoming outsiders, and create a lasting investment. Join us at 3pm for a discussion with Kalindi Parikh, director of planning, Chicago Loop Alliance; Erin Harkey, Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; and Paola Aguirre Serrano, Assoc. AIA, founder of Borderless, a Chicago-based urban design studio. At 4:30pm, we will move from the office to a tour along the Chicago Riverwalk. This event is provided by APA-IL in partnership AIA Chicago.


Paola Aguirre Serran

Paola Aguirre Serrano is founder of BORDERLESS — Chicago-based urban design and research practice focused on cultivating collaborative design agency through interdisciplinary projects. With emphasis on exchange and communication across disciplines, Borderless explores creative civic design and engagement interventions that address the complexity of urban systems and social equity by looking ... Read More

Erin Harkey

Erin Harkey is the Deputy Commissioner of Programming at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) where she oversees performing arts, festivals, visual arts, public art, and professional development programs. Prior to joining DCASE, Erin held positions at the District of Columbia Arts Center, the Japanese American National ... Read More

Kalindi Parikh

Kalindi Parikh is the Director of Planning for the Chicago Loop Alliance. She oversees the Loop Alliance’s placemaking programs, including the State Street Gateway plaza; numerous public art initiatives; and ACTIVATE, a pop-up celebration of the arts that takes place in alleys and other unconventional public spaces. She also ... Read More

Contact Info

Brandon Nolin, cms@ilapa.org