Nika Levando: Mural Commissions on the South Side of Chicago - Lessons Learned

Sunday, Feb 20, 2022 3 – 5 pm

1717 Central St.
Evanston, IL 60201

In Focus Lecture Series

Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 3pm

Registration is required 

This free event will be held virtually only.


Join us for a virtual lecture, "Mural Commissions on the South Side of Chicago – Lessons Learned," featuring Nika Levando.

About this event

This lecture is a part of the ongoing EAC series, In Focus. In Focus features a variety of talks and presentations by ​artists, art professionals, historians and more!

Nika Levando shares her experience working with South Side artists on three mural commissions over the last 9 years in the Hyde Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods, against the storied history of public art, the Wall of Respect, and Bronzeville.


Nika Levando has been a higher education professional for over 10 years. In her current role at the University of Chicago's Office of Civic Engagement, Nika is responsible for developing and advancing new initiatives and programs that seek to advance OCE’s strategic priorities, by working with leadership both within the office and across the University. A core part of her role is supporting academic partnerships, integrating community engagement strategy as a foundational component. Nika also co-leads the office’s Diversity and Inclusion committee as well as manages OCE’s arts and culture initiatives that seek to catalyze neighborhood reinvestment and strengthen partnerships with University departments and institutes, local community organizations, art institutions, and neighborhood partners. Outside of her day-to-day role, Nika is a cultural advocate, and has contributed to Chicago's arts ecosystem through board service, volunteerism, and community advocacy. Over the last two years, Nika has taught three adult continuing education courses in Art History as an adjunct lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her Master's Degree in Art History, Theory, and Criticism.

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This event was originally a hybrid event, however due to the recent surge in Covid cases, it will be held virtually only.

This lecture will be VIRTUAL ONLY, and available via Zoom. After registering on Eventbrite, a day before the event, we will email you more information on how to log into the event via Zoom with the Meeting ID and password.

This event is free and open to the public.