ReciproCITY (established in 2012 in Milwaukee) seeks to reframe what urban re-development is and can be. Collectively we combine sustainability + design build, research + collaboration, art + activism. Central to all this work is community engagement, partnerships, and listening.

ReciproCITY’s process for community redevelopment has involved extensive neighborhood listening sessions and partnerships with a variety of organizations and movements. Past work in Milwaukee includes working with non-profit HeartLove Place on turning three empty lots into a community park; partnering with Concordia Gardens on placing a farmer’s market stand/outdoor screenprinting facility in their urban farm; and integrating community histories and voices into the public art and built environment of Fondy Park, a new public space developed by the City of Milwaukee and a team of non-profit partners.

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Fidel Verdin is co-director of ReciproCITY. He is the Co-Executive Director at True Skool whose mission since 2005 has been to use the urban arts as a tool to engage youth in social justice, leadership and workforce development. He is also a Hip Hop artist, the organizer of the Summer of Peace, and the Peace Park and Garden. gorillapromo@gmail.com


Michael Carriere is co-director of ReciproCITY and an associate professor of history at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He is the author of two forthcoming books: Between Being and Becoming: On Architecture and Student Protest in the 1960s (University of Pennsylvania Press) and The City Creative: The Rise of Placemaking in Urban America (University of Chicago Press). He holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Chicago. carriere@msoe.edu

Nicolas Lampert is co-director of ReciproCITY. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His artwork is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and he is the author of A People’s Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements (The New Press, 2013). nlampert@uwm.edu

Paul Kjelland is co-director of ReciproCITY. He is a member of the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and a Co-Founder of the Riverwest24– an annual community engagement project activating a neighborhood for 24 hours with thousands of participants since 2008. He works as an independent artist and designer in collaboration with social and climate justice organizations. paul@reciprocitymke.com