Tracie D. Hall is Joyce Foundation's Culture Program Director. Previously Hall served as Deputy Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events where she oversaw the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music Industry, and Farmers Market programs, as well as the Chicago Film Office. In addition to holding posts in the educational, non-profit and public sectors across the country, Hall has taught as visiting professor at Catholic, Southern Connecticut State, and Wesleyan Universities. In 2016 Hall founded Rootwork Gallery dedicated to showing art that has healing and the investigation of folk and indigenous cultures at its core. A graduate of the University of Washington, University of California and Yale University, Hall was raised in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Graduate students Joo Young Lee will present on her project involving a femicide in South Korea and the process of collective mourning and Ayesha Singh will present investigations into the malleability of space in both its physical and illusory manifestations.