Meet the brains behind ACTIVATE
Kate Keleman draws upon her passion for people and places to develop surprising and engaging multidisciplinary public learning projects focused on architecture, design, and art. She is the Placemaking and Creative Manager at the Chicago Loop Alliance, where she produces ACTIVATE – a series of summertime pop-up experiences that take place in Loop alleys – as well as other public-life-enhancing programs. Kate led public programming for the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, North America’s largest survey of contemporary architecture, which attracted more than half a million visitors. The Biennial’s 70+ public programs engaged more than 14,000 people in learning about architectural ideas and our built world. Prior to the Biennial, Kate developed numerous exhibitions, web projects, and events as a curator at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. She received her M.S. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her A.B. from the University of Chicago.
Ursula Andreeff received her Bachelors of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been producing community arts events for almost a decade. As an artist, educator, and event producer, she has worked to build community through art, through her work with the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Mount Royal Middle School in Baltimore, as the Manager of the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, teaching digital design and fabrication to the public at Harold Washington Library Maker Lab, and running the Archer Beach Haus gallery and music venue in Chicagoʼs Bridgeport neighborhood, Additionally, she has worked on experiential marketing campaigns for companies such as RedBull and Adidas.
Inspiration for the Network: Pulsing with Power Activate event comes from her fascination with light and its ability to alter a space and visual perception through small changes. She designed the event to be as interactive and educational as possible, seeing audience members’ interaction with light reactive materials as a physical representation of the experience they are sharing.
PORT is a leading-edge design consultancy whose work focuses on the analysis, visioning, design, and implementation of new forms of collective space and the public realm, ranging in scale from plazas, parks, and public waterfronts to institutional framework plans and regional planning strategies. The practice synthesizes professional expertise in urban design, landscape architecture, architecture, ecology and urban planning in order to provide the hybrid model of design services necessary to negotiate today’s complex public realm challenges.