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Reimagining Chicago’s Collective Future

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National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

What does it mean to work with and in community at a national museum? Join Carlos Tortolero, Lisa Yun Lee and Billy Ocasio, three leaders committed to a more socially just Chicago and beyond. How does a commitment to community activism, organizing, and local empowerment, and local impact inform and shape their national missions? How do the tensions and benefits of the national and local shape exhibition strategies, programming, and storytelling? Join us for a conversation at the cutting edge of institutions helping to reimagine place, space, and our collective futures in Chicago.

This free event includes a box of delicious foods from many different Chicago neighborhoods and cultures.

This is a Chicago Architecture Biennial program in partnership with the National Museum of Mexican Art, National Public Housing Museum, and National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture.


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National Museum of Mexican Art


1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608




Founded in 1982, we represent the Mexican community from our own point of view and our own voice.

Our mission is to stimulate knowledge and appreciation of Mexican art and culture from both sides of the border through a significant permanent collection of Mexican art, rich visual and performing arts programs, high quality arts education programs and resources and professional development of Mexican artists. The Museum welcomes all people and strives to foster a world where all are included.

The City is the Site