Maps on Purpose

An Art on Purpose project created during Peter Bruun's tenure as founding director, an exhibition project in conjunction with a Walters Art Museum exhibition about mapping of all kinds.

Residents of Oakenshawe, one of 23 Baltimore City neighborhoods that created maps about their communities in workshops facilitated by teaching artists. Each map was modeled on one or more maps on view in the Walters Art Museum's Maps: Finding Our Place in the World.
Neighborhoods and participants were incredibly diverse. A youth from the Park Heights neighborhood works on a map about where he sees stray dogs and cats in his community.
Neighborhood maps were shown in a series of eight 1-2 week long installations over a period of 14 weeks. Shows were curated by Peter Bruun and arranged thematically. Installation view of the show entitled "Youth Voices."
In addition to events held at The Walters Art Museum with each rotated exhibition (over 1500 people attendedMaps on Purpose events, the majority of which had either never been to the museum or had visited only once despite living in Baltimore), smaller recognition events were held in each neighborhood. Participants from Tuscany-Canterbury sit with their maps.
The map of community treasures created collaboratively by youth from the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in an art workshop facilitated by Jazzmen Lee-Johnson.
The Sandtown-WInchester map next to maps and art by youth from Remington about where young people walk in the neighborhood. This exhibition ("Youth Voices") was the third rotation out of a total of eight different shows.
For the series ofMaps on Purposeexhibitions, Peter Bruun created eight drawings. With each rotation, a new one was installed on the wall, literally mapping the time progression of installations over the 14-week period in whichMaps on Purpose took place.
Bruun's drawings relate the idea of mapping to drawing: in any drawing, one is creating a map of a three-dimensional object, or rather anabstraction of a three-dimensional reality. InMaps on Purpose, his drawings function as metaphors for collaborative map making, each made up of several differently colored lines interacting to create bounded shapes.