COLLECTIVE CARTOGRAPHY RESIDENCY
at 1100 FLORENCE [Evanston, IL]
WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO
In October 2016 I developed a 3 hour workshop called Collective Cartography for the arts festival Big Draw Evanston. It was an intentional time where Evanston artists, leaders, and activists showed up and we worked on mapping out our collective version of Evanston. Over the course of the workshop, we created a large-scale hand-drawn map of Evanston, and what we know about its geography, economy, resources, barriers, and what we could dream up as possible solutions. Images on the map were real and fantastic - inviting deeper sociological imagination for how we see the city we live and work in.
With that first workshop of around a dozen women being so successful, I've spent the last year and a half refining the workshop. With support from the Evanston Arts Council, I have continued this mapping with small groups from the public, local training programs, and community organizations, effectively asking the question: What does equity look like spatially?
Over this time, I've collected around a dozen maps from various group workshops. Participants have been executives, bureaucrats, baristas, artists, social workers - your everyday Evanston residents and workers. Instead of leaving mapping our city - remembering its past, examining its present, planning its future - in the hands of the traditional "powers," Collective Cartography has put this honor and responsibility into the hands of the People. Any people that show up. Yet, while this process has been about equity, I have to confess it's not been the most equitable in approach, and truly not that diverse in the cast of cartographers.
So, I want to open the process up even more.
CONTINUING THIS WORK AT THE RESIDENCY
With the partnership of Lisa Degliantoni at 1100 Florence, a unique gallery and event space in West Evanston, I am hoping to share our collective discoveries with the broader public, and open up the conversation of what mapping can mean for us and our neighbors. This will be done in a few ways, discussed below. To start, this will be the first time I've got to examine these maps in one space at one time - they take up a lot of space! So, part of this experience will just be my "lab time" with the maps. But, since this project is about getting documentation of the People's voice and views of Evanston, I'm inviting any willing participants to join me in taking notes, contributing to the conversation, research, and ongoing conclusions.
As with the entire Collective Cartography program, this is an intentionally open-ended process. So, this invitation may feel a little vague to you. Don't be confused! There is a place for you and your folk as part of this process. So, stop by one of the Open Lab times listed below and delve in. Or, if you're more interested in a one-on-one time with the maps, sign up for a slot during Office Hours, listed below.
Together we can better map progress.
Together we can better progress mapping.
These two weeks will be devoted to 3 pursuits:
COLLECTING AND REVIEWING
our qualitative data
With around a dozen maps made with different cohorts, I've got a lot to look at. While I've done some initial documentation, 1100 Florence will give me the space I need to spread out and more closely examine our collaborative cartographic findings.
My first week there will be "closed door" and committed to closer readings of the maps.
CONVERSATIONS about findings, approach, and opening the process.
I'm excited to have some private lab time, but this is about the People! Please, check out the workshops and open lab times below; have a conversation with me, or bring a small, intentional group to discuss what spacial exploration and equity look like.
These are for anyone - experts, introverts, out-of-towners. As I document the maps, I am also documenting people's response to them.
CREATING a composite map from the collection
The gathered maps have very few marks made by me, so now I'll be doing some mapping of my own. Based on my notes from the workshops, and what is told by the maps themselves, I'll start to construct a composite map, bringing diverse data together.
This process will start during the residency and be editable for changes as the mapping continues around Evanston.
WAYS TO ENGAGE
[WHAT YOU COULD BE UP TO]
The last weekend of June will be full of fun ways to interact with the maps and chat with fellow community members about what geography, equity, and access mean for our desired Evanston.
All events will be ticketed with varying costs, depending on your budget and comfort. For those with more flexible budgets, you can opt to pay a little extra to cover for others. For those who can't fit this into their expenses, no worries whatsoever; I'm more interested in your presence than your presents.
10 AM -12 PM
KIDS + MAPS
This family-friendly event will be for parents and kids of elementary age (1st-5th grade) to explore mapping home with a kids-eye view.
We'll have a time of learning, mapping, playing, and sharing.
Evanston's West Village is all about fostering creative community. This potluck is for any Evanstonians looking to share a meal, and share their thoughts on community - as well as hear a little more about my process, personally.
Bring food, bring a friend, meet a neighbor.
Observation will be happening throughout the weeks, but this is a time for us to do some closer reading of the maps together, and have a conversation about our findings.
This is a great opportunity for those who have taken the Collective Cartography workshop to compare notes and experiences. Also nice for newbies - fresh eyes and experiences welcome.
OPEN LAB +
This residency will function as a little laboratory for me and the community while hosting the Collective Cartography maps.
OPEN LAB times are for anyone to stop by, view the maps, contribute to survey, and explore the library and merch tables.
OFFICE HOURS are daytime hours where I would like to talk to folks whose job or passion is community development and organizing, to discuss the process and future of Collective Cartography. Interested parties are invited to sign up via email.
ALL WELCOME TO VIEW MAPS. OPEN CONVERSATION, OBSERVATION, AND EXPLORATION. CONTRIBUTE TO RESEARCH AND PROCESSING. FOR FOLKS WHO WANT TO JUST STOP BY AND CHECK OUT WHAT'S GOING ON.
SATURDAY, JUN.30, 2-5 PM
SUNDAY, JUL.1, 11 AM - 3 PM
STOP IN ANYTIME. STAY AS LONG AS YOU LIKE.
INTENTIONAL CONVERSATIONS WITH JASON ABOUT MAPPING, PROGRAMMING, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, EQUITY, ARTS AS RESEARCH, QUALITATIVE RESEARCH, ETC. PLEASE SIGN UP BELOW. FOR FOLKS MORE INTERESTED IN POINTED CONVERSATION.
OTHER TIMES MAY BE AVAILABLE BY REQUEST.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN BE INVOLVED : :
BUY SOME MERCH!
TZCK's zip-code based artwork, paper and home goods will be available for purchase in the gallery, so bring your wallet!
SCHEDULE A CARTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
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I'll be focused on getting some good work done while I'm at 1100 Florence - keep my brain and body powered by bringing me a healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or coffee to share. Just let me know when you might be able to!
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