J. Gibran Villalobos is the Partnerships and Engagement Liaison at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where he is developing and implementing a strategic plan for how community organizations and civic-minded groups utilize the museum’s resources.

Previously Gibran was the Exhibitions and Collection Coordinator for the City of Glendale, Arizona, organizing exhibitions with local organizations in conjunction with municipal exhibition spaces as well as temporary public art projects. He served on the Arizona-Sonora Administrators Exchange, and panels for the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture, and Americans for the Arts. During his time in Chicago, he managed a series of projects across top institutions including the Chicago Park District, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2014, he piloted a five-year initiative, The Re:Center Project, working closely with Cultural Centers in the Chicago Park District to engage grassroots organizations and shape cultural programming at park sites.

Gibran was the inaugural speaker for the Latino Studies Symposium at Northern Arizona University in 2015. In 2016, he was elected to attend the Advocacy Leadership Institute where he was invited to the White House Office of Public Engagement, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to speak about key issues affecting Latinxs in Chicago. He currently serves on the Auxiliary Board for the National Museum of Mexican Art and on the executive board The Association of American Culture (TAAC).


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