Stella Aguirre McGregor
Founder + Artistic Director, Urbano
Stella has been an artist and cultural worker for over 25 years, working on projects in Boston, Macedonia, New Orleans, and Taiwan. As an artist, curator, and arts administrator she is interested in exploring the role of art in society, as an integral part of life, and as a catalyst for social change.
Stella served as Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation from 2003-2009 where she conceived and developed the acclaimed Teen Curatorial Program and Artists' Workshops. Previously she served as Program Manager for Individual Artists at the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and was Senior Arts Administrator for the Boston Central Artery/Tunnel project's public art program. In 1986 Stella founded The Space, an award-winning non-profit artist-run gallery in Boston's South End where she produced over 200 projects encompassing visual, performing, and public arts, with the participation of youth and community members.
Stella has served in the board of the National Association of Artist's Organizations (NAAO), the Cambridge Public Art Committee, and of the UrbanArts Institute at Mass College of Art and Design. Stella was named one of Boston's Top 10 Women in the Arts in 2008 and in 2011 she received the Jorge Hernandez Arts Leadership Award. In 2012 Stella was named a Massachusetts College of Art and Design Commencement Honoree and award recipient for Excellence in Art Education. Also in 2012 Stella was selected as one of the 100 Most Influential People for the Hispanic Community of Massachusetts by El Planeta newspaper.
Stella presents Ploughshares from Swords — Social Sculpture and Cultural Agency as part of MIT's Program in Art, Culture, and Technology 2011 Zones of Emergency lecture series