Jim Lasko named Harvard University Loeb Fellow
May 9, 2012
Jim Lasko has been named a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University. The Loeb Fellowship is annually awarded to ten individuals in the middle of promising careers shaping built and natural environments in the areas of architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and occasionally artists, which attend Harvard for a one-year residency at the Graduate School of Design (GSD).
"I plan to use the Loeb Fellowship as an opportunity to solidify my understanding of public celebration as a form of ephemeral urban planning," Lasko said. He explained "that such events publicly manifested, reconfigure built environments by altering the way that they are experienced and perceived. This has been a passion of mine throughout my career."
Mr. Lasko shared two projects he hopes to investigate during his fellowship year: "A signature event for the City of Chicago tentatively entitled 'The Great Chicago Fire Festival' that looks to create art collaboratively with the communities of our great neighborhoods that will then gather on the Chicago River for a culminating Fire Spectacle," while the second is "a Community Arts Center for Chicago's underserved North Lawndale community that will gather world class artists to create important work focused in partnership with the residents of those neighborhoods."
Redmoon's co-Artistic Director Frank Maugeri added, "This honor is a testimony to both Jim and Redmoon's international currency. We are committed to creating transformative experiences in our urban landscape through ephemeral events that provide opportunities for public engagement, community building and recognition of the possibility of change. That mission is becoming more and more relevant and exciting."
During this period, Mr. Lasko will continue to co-lead Redmoon with Mr. Maugeri.
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