Robert Smith III

Robert is an activist, arts administrator, and curator leveraging the power of art and memory to build a more just society. He currently serves as Associate Director of the National Public Housing Museum, set to open on Chicago’s Near West Side in 2019. NPHM is the only cultural institution devoted to telling the story of public housing in the United States. Its mission is to preserve, promote, and propel the right of all people to a place where they can live and prosper — a place to call home. Robert has held positions at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walker Art Center, the Minnesota Historical Society, and OutRight Action International. He serves on the Board of Project Fierce Chicago, a grassroots response to LGBTQ youth homelessness, and previously served on the Board of PFund Foundation, an LGBTQ community foundation based in Minneapolis. Born and raised in South Florida, he is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Minnesota.