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 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

FW1_2183.jpg

Stella Aguirre McGregor
Founder and Executive Artistic Director

Stella is an artist, curator, and cultural worker with over 30 years experience creating ground-breaking programs nationally and internationally. Her practice explores the role of art in society, as part of everyday life, and as a catalyst for social change, culminating in her founding of Urbano in 2009Previously, Stella served as Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation, was Program Manager for Individual Artists at the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and was Senior Arts Administrator for the Boston Central Artery/Tunnel Project Public Art Program. Upon her arrival to Boston in 1986, she founded the Space, an award-winning non-profit artist-run experimental gallery in the South End. Stella has received the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Excellence in Arts Education Award, was named one of Boston’s Top 10 Women in the Arts, and most recently the Community Builder Award by Egleston Main Street, among others.

FW1_2175.jpg

Isabel Catalina Hibbard
Communications Coordinator & Executive Assistant

Isabel is passionate about talking back, creative expression and critical thinking as tools for igniting social change. In addition to her experimental sound art practice, she has designed and facilitated art-based workshops for youth programs in New England, New York City, and Valparaíso, Chile. Her sound installation work was most recently featured in Unbound Bodies,  a gallery show that honors and celebrates Queer & Trans Black/Indigenous/People of Color (QTBIPOC) desire. 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. 

eucaris.jpg

Eucaris Jimenez
Administrative Assistant

Eucaris has been a part of Urbano for over three years, transitioning from a youth artist to a Fellow and now a staff member. Eucaris is a poet who enjoys interdisciplinary art forms and shares her work it through art projects at Urbano. She supports Urbano in many different aspects, from participating in exhibition installations and maintaining Urbano’s gallery and studio space. 

Anthony Peña
Studio and Programs Coordinator

Anthony 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 community based artworks and engagements. In addition to his work at Urbano, Anthony has 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 United States by promoting care, justice, and kindness.

Faizal Westcott
Media and Documentation Coordinator

Faizal has been working at Urbano for over three years. Using his artistic eye and photography and video experience, Faizal specializes in documenting all the various events and projects happening at Urbano Project. Alongside documentation, Faizal manages media and Urbano's online presence. He is currently studying at UMass Boston.

FW1_2189.jpg

Meaghan Harrigan
Graduate Intern

Meaghan is a community arts organizer and creative educator with a focus on the intersections of art making, youth voice, and social justice. She is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Community Arts & Multicultural Education at Lesley University. Her past work includes developing creative and culturally responsive global health programming, facilitating teens in creating arts-based community workshops, and guiding children and families in museum art-making activities. She also collaborates on the planning committee of a radical childcare collective that supports local Boston racial justice and intersectional organizers. Her personal art making spans digital and print design, and most recently she is tackling the art of rug hooking.


STRATEGIC ADVISORS

FW1_3080.jpg

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 through 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 oversee the exhibition of Pablo Helguera, Librería Donceles.

AgenciaUN_1017_7.jpg

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