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Patty Aikonedo

Director of Community Outreach

Patty is a passionate educator, arts administrator, community activist, and researcher. She is focused on crafting unique and inclusive environments that encourage empowering learning experiences for all people. She has over a decade of progressive executive leadership, program and curriculum development, non-profit management, and event planning in the arts, local community, and education sectors. For the last four years, she has predominately focused on teaching at university-level while tackling PhD research focused on racial equality, representation, and equity within mainstream art institutions. Having spent the last seven years working and studying in the United Kingdom, Patty is determined to plant roots within Chicago’s arts and cultural institutions and nonprofit youth organizations, specifically, CircEsteem.

“We know not through our intellect but through our experience.” --Maurice Merleau-Ponty

"We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society." --Angela Davis