Hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), the 2018 Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) Symposium, Artists/Designers/Citizens, explored how the practice and study of art and design can offer ways of seeing, intervening, and belonging as a citizen. As citizens have come together to democratically organize, protest, and stand up for one another around the world, Artists/Designers/Citizens sought to define values, share strategies, and set goals for citizen artists who acknowledge that the work they do in the studio, classroom, and beyond can innovate new ways of being and show humanity the way forward. The symposium, which took place November 7–9, 2018, in Chicago, also served as
the North American component of Dimensions of Citizenship, an exhibition commissioned by SAIC and the University of Chicago for the US Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.
As Co-Organizer of the Symposium, Fabiola collaborated with the Office of Community Engagement at SAIC to project manage the event. The 2018 AICAD Symposium featured three days of presentations from AICAD schools’ constituencies that reflected and developed the themes of Artists/Designers/Citizens. Participants were also invited to enjoying collateral programs, exhibitions and entertainment opportunities.