Open Architecture Chicago + Under the Grid

Haman Cross III’s purpose as a teaching artist is to wake up individuals to their creativity through projects that encourage collaborative, conscious creation. For the last three years, Haman has become north Lawndale’s resident artist. In this role, Haman coordinates projects, programs, and concept-and-design efforts that promote community engagement, create collaboration between stakeholders, and demonstrate how art can inspire creativity, connection, and conservation. Haman acts as a liaison between proposals for community art projects and organizations in the Lawndale community. Most recently, Haman is responsible for the revitalization of the Douglass Park Miniature Golf Course in collaboration with the Firehouse, Lincoln Park Zoo, Open Architecture Chicago, David Brown, The Available City, Eric Hotchkiss & SAIC Homan Square, and the Trust for Public Land. In addition, Haman is spearheading a community initiative to activate vacant space under the pink line and is also responsible for a pop-up mural initiative in Lawndale every summer. When he is not organizing in the community, Haman is an art instructor for the School of the Art Institute Chicago, Open Center Art Studios, and at two local schools. Haman is the resident artist at the Firehouse Art Studios as well as Tuley Park and functions as the Chicago Walk Manager for the National Geographic Out of Eden Walk Project. As an artist, Haman works in several disciplines and media ranging from fine art, illustration, and mural painting, to stage design and community gardening. For the last twenty years, Haman has contributed to countless program initiatives and community-development efforts in order to educate, inspire, and mobilize individuals and groups towards community engagement and empowerment.

Craig Stevenson is a Chicago native passionate about using arts and culture, business, design, and education, tools for social change. He is dedicated to building thriving, sustainable communities using creative placemaking. Craig has worked as a systems design, service design, and digital marketing consultant for Chicago Park District, Oak Forest Hospital, Cook County Health, and Hospital Systems Planning and Public Affairs Divisions, Christ Universal Temple, the Universal Foundation of Better Living, and others. His artwork has appeared in numerous publications including New Vision in Business and critically acclaimed books, Post Black and AfroFuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture. Craig also has taught Contemporary Art and Design Studio for Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago. Craig is the Co-Chair for Open Architecture Chicago which promotes equitable, human-centered, sustainable co-design within Chicago communities