TEAM

For us, art is not an end in itself… but it is an opportunity for the true perception and criticism of the times we live in
— Hugo Ball

Urbano prides itself on being an entirely artist-run organization. Every member of Urbano is as committed to artistic practice as they are to excellence in arts education, and that perspective shines through the rigor and innovation of our work. We are also a learning and growing organization, always striving to better achieve our mission.


STAFF

Stella Aguirre McGregor
Founder and Executive/Artistic Director
Stella sets the artistic vision for Urbano and oversees the organization's administration. 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. As Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation (2003-2009) she developed the teen programs that became Urbano. Previously she was Program Manager for Individual Artists at the MA Cultural Council and Senior Public Art Administrator for Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel project. In 1986 she founded The Space, an award-winning artist-run space where she produced over 200 projects with national and international artists and youth.

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Isabel Catalina Hibbard
Communications Coordinator & Executive Assistant
Isabel is passionate about talking back, creative expression and critical thinking as tools for igniting social change. She has designed and facilitated art-based workshops for youth programs in New England and Chile. Most recently she participated in the 2017 We Create Festival, a celebration of women in the arts, as a selected artist. Isabel holds a B.A. in Gender and Women's Studies from Connecticut College and a certification in Public Policy and Community Action from the Holleran Center. 

Anthony Peña
Studio and Programs Coordinator

Anthony is also currently a Fellow who has been working at Urbano for over four years. Anthony has created and curated many events in his time at Urbano, taking a lead role in many community based artworks and engagements. In addition to his work at Urbano, Anthony has also contributed his artistic vision to the Teen Behind the Scenes program at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, working with other teens in his community to curate a youth-aimed event to promote a more diversified, intergenerational museum audience. Anthony has also been a part of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common Youth Advisory Board aimed at improving public schools throughout the US by promoting care, justice, and kindness.

Faizal Westcott
Media and Documentation Coordinator
Faizal is part of the Urbano Fellows and has been working at Urbano for over three years. Using his artistic eye and over seven years of photography experience, Faizal specializes in documenting all the various events and projects happening at Urbano Project. Alongside documentation, Faizal handles all of our media and helps manage our website.

 

 


STRATEGIC ADVISORS

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Maggie Cavallo
Educational Programs Advisor

Maggie is dedicated to activating relationships, advising institutional methods for working with the arts and optimizing the role of artists in society today. Her practice is curatorial, educative and socially-engaged; directed towards providing dynamic learning experiences with, through and for contemporary art and artists. Maggie came to Urbano as a Project Zero artist-in-residence in 2014, from 2014-2015 she was the lead teaching artist for the Fellows where she over saw The Art/Learning Exchange and RE: URBANO and in 2016 she helped to oversee our exhibition of Pablo Helguera's Librería Donceles.

Julie Cangrand
Communications & Design Advisor

Julie is a French contemporary art historian, curator and arts administrator who has lived and worked in five countries. In her last tenure in Bogotá, Colombia, she directed three exhibition spaces for emergent artists and founded an educational program for self-taught artists from underprivileged neighborhood. She is currently interested in curating and bringing art exhibitions into healthcare settings as an aesthetic and healing response to patients' life stories and needs. Julie came to Urbano in 2016 as a communication consultant to help revamp Urbano's website with her partner, artist Juan Obando, under their curating agency Lucero.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


ADVISORY BOARD

Nina Berger

Daniel D'Oca

George Fifield

Doris Sommer

Kristen Struebing-Beazley