March 1–June 8, 2008

Map of the Oakenshawe Neighborhood

Map of the Oakenshawe Neighborhood, 2007

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Art on Purpose, a community arts organization that uses art to bring people together around issues and ideas, presents Maps on Purpose, March 1 to June 8, 2008. Modeled on historic maps in the upcoming exhibition Maps: Finding Our Place in the World, Maps on Purpose will feature maps created by residents of multiple Baltimore City neighborhoods. In a series of fall 2007 workshops, neighborhood residents mapped such things as community treasures, visions for change, and how people travel within their neighborhoods.

Maps from neighborhoods will be on display in a series of installations that rotate a total of eight times during the show. Groupings will be based upon complementary topics: Remington, Sandtown-Winchester, and Southern Park Heights addressing youth issues, Hamilton Hills/Lauraville, Highlandtown, and Morrell Park focusing on residents, and so on.

The maps will be celebrated in events each Friday that will include dance performances, film screenings, public forums, and informative workshops about opportunities available to neighborhood groups across the city. In addition, a symposium will be held Saturday, May 10 that will explore the topic of mapping neighborhood treasures.

Maps on Purpose, groundbreaking in its depth and breadth of community outreach, uses museum-quality maps to generate community exploration and give voice and exposure to those usually excluded from civic discourse. More information is available at www.artonpurpose.org.