A 2008 project conceived, curated, and directed by Peter offering visibility and agency for residents and leaders of Baltimore City neighborhoods.
Inspired by specific maps from The Walters Art Museum’s exhibition Maps: Finding Our Place in the World, Art on Purpose held artistic map-making workshops in fall 2007 with youth and adults from 23 Baltimore communities. Varied in style and content, the neighborhood-made maps were exhibited in a series of eight installations at The Walters. Each installation brought thematically related maps together and included events to celebrate the maps and explore issues they raised.
March 1 – 23
Maps by residents from Baltimore’s Middle East, Greenmount West, and Westside neighborhoods explored urban planning and its impact on their communities.
BLENDING AND BINDING
Maps of Charles Village, Belair-Edison, and Union Square and Hollins Market (“Sowebo”) revealed diverse views on what comprises and binds community.
Maps about and by youth in Remington, Sandtown-Winchester, and Southern Park Heights shed fresh light on young people’s experiences, opportunities and needs.
CLEANER, GREENER, BETTER
Druid Hill Park, Tuscany Canterbury, and Patterson Park/Patterson Place maps illustrate the value of parks and greening initiatives for Baltimore communities.
“After going to the Walters to see their work in Maps on Purpose, when the kids from the Recreation Center were getting ready to go to see the next exhibit at School 33 Art Center, we saw in them the kind of excitement you only see when we’re about to go on a field trip to an amusement park.”
—Devon Brown, Director Harlem Park Recreation Center
PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
April 30-May 4
Harlem Park, McElderry Park, and Oliver neighborhood maps looked to their histories and existing assets as ingredients to building a strong future.
Drawing from rich legacies and a lively present, Upton and South Baltimore Peninsula residents mapped neighborhood treasures from their own points of view.
Highlandtown, Waverly, and Hamilton Hills/ Lauraville maps considered neighborhood residents and how they see and shape their own communities.
May 28-June 8
Community-made maps of Hampden, Oakenshawe, and Morrell Park reveal the neighborhoods as tightly knit villages within an urban Baltimore setting.
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