Corey Hagelberg was born and has lived most of his life in Gary, Indiana. He earned an undergraduate degree in sculpture and a graduate degree in printmaking from Ball State University and spent several years travelling around the country building public playgrounds in thirty states. In 2012 Corey co-founded the Calumet Artist Residency with his partner, Kate. Centered in the Indiana Dunes, the residency aims to promote the arts and connect people, art and nature in the Calumet Region. He currently is an adjunct Professor at Indiana University Northwest and maintains a studio practice focused on black and white woodcut and assemblage.
Sam Love is an artist, community organizer, and educator in Gary, Indiana. He has organized locally with the Central District Organizing Project, the Mass Incarceration and GEO Halt Team (MIGHT), and 350.org. He leads photography workshops for the Center for Urban and Regional Excellent at Indiana University Northwest and has been documenting the people and neighborhoods in Gary since 2000. He holds an MA in history and taught history and American Government for a decade in Chicago where we was involved in many community organizing and art endeavors.
Lori Peterson Latham was a co-founder and executive director of the Central District Organizing Project, based in Gary's historic Midtown community. She also hosted "Talk Diaspora" on WLTH from 2008 to 2011. From 2012 to 2016 she was the superintendent of the Gary Parks Department.
N. Davina Stewart is a cultural worker who holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago, a BA in African American Studies from Temple University, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Community Development and Urban Studies from Indiana University. She is a recipient of the prestigious Leeway Foundation Transformation Award that recognizes women and trans artists who create art for social change.
Kate Land moved to Gary in 2011 and has worked with multiple non-profit organizations in Gary and across the U.S. She has worked for organizations in environmental conservation, community arts, disaster relief, caregiving for the disabled, and community gardens and agriculture.