In 2016, Cara was selected as a fellow for the New Museum’s IdeasCity Detroit Program. She returned in 2017 for the New Museum’s IdeasCity New York program to discuss Actions for the Future City. Cara is involved in an ongoing collaboration (The Black Body Survival Store) with Intelligent Mischief, a New York based creative action design lab and artist collective. The Black Body Survival Store was most recently exhibited at the Boston University Art Galleries.
Cara Michell is an urban planner and artist based in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a Masters in Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Archaeology (Program in Visual Arts – Sculpture) with a Certificate in Urban Studies from Princeton University.
Cara works for the architecture and planning firm Brook McIlroy, a partner organization with the Indigenous Place Making Council. Previously, Cara has interned for the social practice artist Theaster Gates at the University of Chicago’s PlaceLab. In 2015, she co-chaired the first Black in Design Conference at Harvard University, which sought to recognize the contributions of African Americans in design professions and highlight the responsibility of designers to address structural inequality and institutionalized racism in their work.