Cultural Engineer

Fresco Steez is a Black feminist and queer, community organizer, trainer, creative director, social impact strategist, and cultural engineer. At the core of her work, Fresco creates a radical synergy between design, political education, and Black culture to create tools to inspire people to action and build belonging. She has designed innovative political concepts for awareness-building campaigns with organizations like the Movement for Black Lives, ‘me too.’ International, Color of Change, Rising Majority, Levis for Black History Month, and more. She has worked as a trainer with non-profits like re:Power, Blackout Collective, State Voices, and Cooper Hewitt: the Smithsonian Design Museum.

Born and raised on the South-side of Chicago, Fresco began community organizing at 14 on Juvenile Justice, Abolition, and tenant rights within public housing. She has dedicated her life to the fight for Black liberation and dismantling gender-based oppression. She is a co-creator of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), a member-based organization of Black youth activists, where she served as the Minister of Culture. Her role in addition to designing the visual identity was to train and politically educate organizers contributing to the legacy of the Black radical tradition. While at BYP100, she coined the phrase Unapologetically Black and anchored the concept and political framework for a Black Queer Feminist lens. 

She is currently proud to be building a design house, political art hub, and creative communications firm called The Cultural Club, and honored to serve as the creative director for Survivor Society. Her core discipline is creating and designing but in her off time, she studies aesthetic strategy, plans outfits, and cooks decadent meals. She is committed to a Black liberation experience that frees ALL Black people and follows in the Black radical traditions of our ancestors.

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