Iris Ward Loughran is an artist, urbanist, and educator. She graduated in 2012 from University of California San Diego, with a BA in Urban Studies and Planning and a Minor in Visual Arts. Her research on participatory planning and community engagement, coupled with her involvement in on-campus activism, inspired her to pursue a career as Community Organizer. After a brief stint organizing in Brownsville, Brooklyn, she is now exploring different intersections of art and social justice. Iris currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, where she is inspired by urban landscapes, her multi-racial identity, womanhood, and place-making. She is a Teaching Artist with Groundswell Community Mural Project, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Art at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.