Updated: Nov 2, 2022
Luis Tubens is this year’s recipient of the First Voice Award for his work in sharing the rich culture and history of the Mexican community. Tubens has spent more than a decade immersing himself in Chicago's Mexican community and National Museum of Mexican Art. His Pilsen mural tour is also a signature part of every Chicago Center student's experience while they're studying with us.
Luis Tubens is co-founder of the Pilsen Public Art Tours. He has given thousands of tours of the iconic murals in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. For 10 years he worked for the National Museum of Mexican Art as an art educator. From there he worked for 4 years as the outreach coordinator for then 7th District Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García, whose district covers Pilsen. He also studied under the legendary muralist Jose Guerrero. His knowledge of the murals comes from years of studying Mexican art, and his relationships with community organizations and muralists. He currently resides in Pilsen and when not giving tours he works as a performing artist.
Luis Tubens a.k.a. “Logan Lu” is a Chicago born Puerto Rican poet who has performed poetry across the United States. He has toured Mexico City in 2016 and 2018 and featured in Puerto Rico at “Poets Passage” (2019). He represented Chicago in the 2014 and 2018 National Poetry Slam. He is the author of Stone Eagle (2017) published by Bobbin Lace Press, Chicago. Luis is the resident poet for ESSO Funk (2016 Best New Band and Best International Music Act, Chicago Reader). He is one of the founders of Slam Diaspora, the only all-Spanish poetry slam in the U.S. Currently he is touring his latest theatrical production “Raíces to Roots”.