IS A COMMUNITY ART STUDIO THAT FOSTERS PUBLIC AND PARTICIPATORY ART AS A VEHICLE FOR PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION, COMMUNITY COHESION, AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Urbano brings together professional artists, local youth, and community members to learn and experiment through place-based projects. We promote the model of the artist as citizen, actively engaged in conversations with our surrounding community through the lens of contemporary art. We support youth to become civically engaged artists as they are challenged to tackle current social issues in their community that directly affect their lives.
Urbano fosters a philosophy of artistic expansiveness, supporting works that blur boundaries between art and everyday life. Through artistic collaboration, participating teens and adults are challenged to create projects that take place both within the boundaries of our exhibition space and in the community beyond the walls of the studio. These projects span diverse artistic themes and disciplines, but they are all rooted in the fundamental principles of collaboration, risk-taking, and creative and critical expression.
URBANO IS A RECOGNIZED LEADER IN ARTS EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Since its 2009 founding, Urbano has served over 1,200 Boston Public Schools students, collaborated with 150 professional artists, and has drawn 30,000+ audience members to date to its programming.
- Stella Aguirre McGregor receives Community Builder Award, Egleston Main Street, 2017
- Stella Aguirre McGregor granted The Oprah Winfrey Award for Leadership and Exposure, The Scribe's Institute, 2016
- Stella Aguirre McGregor receives Community Catalyst Award, Madison Park Development Corporation, Hibernian Hall, 2014
- Stella Aguirre McGregor recieves MassArt Excellence in Art Education Award in 2012
- Stella Aguirre McGregor named one of Boston's 100 Most Powerful Latinos by El Planeta's Powermeter in 2012
- Urbano's Jorge Hernandez Arts Leadership Award in 2011
- Stella Aguirre McGregor celebrated as Latina of the Year by Harvard's Presencia Latina
- Urbano nominated for a New England Art Award for the Freedom Trail on Trial with Neil Horsky in 2011
- Stella Aguirre McGregor celebrated as one of Boston's Top 10 Women in the Arts in 2008