URBANO

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.

Selected Awards: 

  • 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

URBANO REPRESENTS AN EVOLUTION OF THE MISSION AND VISION OF THE SPACE, CREATED BY STELLA AGUIRRE MCGREGOR IN 1986. 

Active for 8 years on South Street in Boston's South End, The Space was an artist-run gallery and public art incubator that supported local and international contemporary artists and performers to explore art as a vehicle for communication and social change.

The success of The Space in fostering collaborations among artists from diverse cultural and national backgrounds led to the creation of public and participatory art projects in Boston, New Orleans, Taiwan, and Macedonia.

Since 2003, Stella has partnered with youth and community-serving arts organizations.

Through partnerships with institutions such as the UrbanArts Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Stella developed innovative, nationally-recognized programming such as the Teen Curatorial Program and Artists’ Workshops. These programs offered Boston-area high school students opportunities to engage with printmaking, photography, performance art, spoken word, filmmaking and animation, graphic design, and more, all with a focus on development of the artistic process, community engagement, and professional exhibition. 

In the summer of 2009, Urbano was launched, renewing stella's partnership with UrbanArts Institute.

Through Urbano, the programming that began with the Teen Curatorial Program and Artists’ Workshops not only continued, it expanded, providing greater access for collaboration between young people, community members, and contemporary artists.

Today, Urbano's community art studio and exhibition space in the Jamaica Plain Brewery Complex, houses artist projects, exhibitions, and public events that span across disciplines.

 

URBANO IS A CREATIVE HOME FOR OUR COMMUNITY OF INTERGENERATIONAL ARTISTS

OUR COHORT IS MADE UP OF PRACTICING TEACHING ARTISTS, YOUTH ARTISTS, ARTS ADMINISTRATORS AND THOSE WHO DEFY CATEGORY WORKING TO SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER THROUGH MENTORSHIP, ARTISTIC EXPLORATION, AND PUBLIC PRESENTATION OF OUR WORK. WELCOME.

 
 
Urbano makes people think about their lives, and what kind of impact they want to have. What we’re doing really conveys this message. As an artist, that’s what you want to do: make people see, and reflect, and become more aware.
— Former Youth Artist