Design-based community engagement and urban planning

JXTA’s Tactical Lab uses design-based methods and tools to amplify neighborhood voice, build community knowledge, and interrupt patterns of disinvestment within our city.

JXTA has helped me find my voice as an artist in order to 'be the change I want to see in the world.'

Makeda Parrish

Contemporary Art and Tactical Apprentice

Design-based community engagement and urban planning

By combining art and design with urban planning, youth-directed research, and community engagement, we create people-focused interventions to facilitate conversations about public space.

 In JXTA’s Tactical Lab, youth apprentices work with artists, designers, urban planners, researchers, and community organizers to engage with people about issues that affect them in public spaces. Apprentices are trained in critical thinking, creative placemaking, and community organizing engagement practices to use people-focused interventions like mobile engagement bike carts, live screen printing, and games designed in-house to prompt a more equitable reimagining of public spaces and policies in our community.

Lab Leads

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Roxxanne O'Brien
Tactical Lead
Bush Fellow | 2013
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Hawwa Youngmark
VALT Instructor & Tactical Lab Lead
Started at JXTA in 2014


JXTALabs apprenticeships are available young people ages 14-21 who have successfully completed VALT.

We want your input!

The Tactical Urbanism Lab will be facilitating a conversation with our judges in the 4th district on Thursday, March 25 via Zoom. This is an opportunity for the community to engage with the justice system outside of a court and we hope for it to be a jumping-off point for other work in the justice system.

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Flyer for 4th district judges community conversation