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Arts Administrator + Multidisciplinary Social Practitioner + Community Organizer + Public Art Facilitator + Public Programming Curator + Conceptual Artist
Grants awarded include. Andy Warhol Foundation, Knight Foundation, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), Legacy Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Propeller Fund, Chicago Community Trust
Education. Northwestern University (MS), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MA), University of Illinois at Chicago (BSW), Chicago City Colleges (AA), Whitney M. Young High School
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Lauren M. Pacheco is a third-generation Mexican-American born and raised on Chicago’s southwest side. Her family history runs deep in Chicago's communities having parents hailing from Taylor Street, Pilsen and LeClaire Courts in Archer Heights.
She is an arts and culture practitioner with 15 years of professional experience in arts administration, curation and project management. Her experience is grounded in social practice and public engagement with a personal mandate to responsibly and respectfully invest in targeted communities. Lauren has become a resource to policymakers and has helped engage in the public dialogue about issues that impact artists and creative enterprises.
Lauren is co-founder of the Chicago Urban Art Society and the Chicago Lowrider Festival and, in 2012 – 2015 Lauren developed and curated the award winning public art initiative, ‘Art in Public Places’ along the 16th street viaduct in Chicago’s Pilsen community. Today, Lauren works with the City of Gary's Office of Planning, Redevelopment and Zoning Division and in September 2017, won a public art grant that will transform outdoor vacant space in Gary, Indiana into a walkable, art-park. Additionally, Lauren will re-enliven a set of Edison Concept Houses, currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places into alternative use environs.
Currently she serves on the auxiliary board with Big Green Chicago, the executive board with Chicago Creative Reuse Exchange, and steering committee member with the Indiana Arts Commission. She has received grant funding from the Knight Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Legacy Foundation, Chicago Community Trust and the National Association for Latinos Arts and Cultures. Lauren has presented, and guest lectured with Creative Mornings Chicago, the Association of Arts Administration Educators, Illinois Institute of Technology's School of Architecture, Northwestern University, Indiana University at Bloomington, Pratt Institute, the University of Chicago, Michigan State University, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, among others.
In bringing the arts to a broader audience my previous work and civic experience includes the Ed Paschke Art Center, Chicago Loop Alliance, Mana Contemporary, ElevArte Community Studio, 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan, Chicago Community Trust, Accelerate Culture Chicago, Metropolitan Planning Council, Candy Chang's Before I Die project, Miller Beach Arts and Creative Arts District, Art Alliance Illinois, Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Art at UChicago.
Lauren lives in Gary, Indiana with her partner, Phil Mullins and their two pit bulls - Chip and Sam.