Artist Faheem Majeed and community-based researcher Aiyah Josiah-Faeduwor present their work, dialogue about their collaborative experiences and think through strategies for impactful modes of collaboration.
reception 6 – 6:30
program 6:30 – 8
Free and open to the public
Faheem Majeed is a builder—literally and metaphorically. A resident of Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood, Majeed often looks to the material makeup of his community and surrounding areas as an entry point into larger questions around civic-mindedness, community activism, and institutional critique. Majeed served as director and curator for the South Side Community Art Center, inaugural artist in residence for University of Chicago’s Arts in Public Life Initiative (2012), MANA Contemporary Chicago (2014), and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (2015), and associate director of UIC’s School of Art and Art History.
Aiyah Josiah-Faeduwor brings his lived experience and professional expertise together to help communities create and sustain independent systems of social, economic, and political support. Growing up in subsidized housing in Boston, the child of Sierra Leonian immigrants, Josiah-Faeduwor determined to excel in order to deeply engage with urban communities and community institutions co-developing their own resources. He worked with National College Advising Corps, supporting low-income inner city students, and with the Rhode Island Department of Labor reviewing public and private partnerships for workforce development efforts. Currently at MIT, Josiah-Faeduwor is pursuing a dual MBA and Master in City Planning degree between MIT’s Sloan School of Management and its Department of Urban Studies and Planning.