The AXS Map Mapathon project
AXS Map Mapathons is a crowdsourcing tool that allows users to blitz their neighborhoods or cities to document accessibility!
I’d like to tell you about AXS Map and it's new Mapathon idea but before I do, let me first explain how we got to where we are today. My last film When I Walk premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013
It was very successful, thanks to YOU. Thanks for your help getting When I Walk finished and into theaters and on television. It has touched the lives of people living with Multiple Sclerosis and other disabilities, and their supporters all around the world. Please click here to get a great look at the exciting times after When I Walk was first put out to the world. When I Walk continued to show at festivals within North America and internationally, winning awards and getting much acclaim and recognition. In 2014, the film was the season opener for PBS/POV. Flash forward to today. The film has just received an EMMY award. Please check out my acceptance speech here:
It was truly an amazing moment for me and my team. We worked so hard for When I Walk to receive the recognition it deserved. It was an experience I will never forget! Plus, my future films, videos and new media projects (like AXS Map) will get more noticed and get to be seen and used by many more people. This Kickstarter campaign is for the development of AXS Map and it is a work-in-progress function, the Map-a-thon. While the film When I Walk tells my personal story, the AXS Map Project goes all around the world and I am no longer looking inward anymore- we are all looking outward at the world around us. Instead of my story, I'm telling YOUR story...the story of the human experience that we all share, living life.
AXS Map is a way to rate and review places on their wheelchair accessibility with a 1 to 5 star rating. I transitioned from cane to walker to wheelchair. During this time, I began the early stages of the development of the project called AXS Map. The idea had been in my mind for over 3 years. With the emergence of the first iPhone we were in a new era where we could use technology to be cartographers, and find accessibility attributes of the world around us. Please watch this video on AXS Map here:
So the next question you may ask is: how do I use AXS Map to rate and review? This video will explain it all:
Alice Cook, my co-founder, and my team came up with a great idea. It was to start supercharging AXS Map with Mapathons. Mapathons are a fun way to use AXS Map to rate and review neighborhoods and cities with other people. There is a scoreboard. There are teams. There are standings. Here is a video that explains what we do with the Mapathon features.
This Kickstarter is dedicated to raise the funds necessary to have Mapathons and to build and promote the Mapathon tool. AXS Map is a solution to exploring urban design and the architectural elements in our cities. Many places may be difficult to navigate and unwelcoming to so much of our population: people with disabilities, pregnant women and the aging. Think 1 or 2 star ratings. In contrast to that, AXS Map heralds places with good accessibility by giving them good ratings. Think 4 or 5 stars. These ratings are given by users that want to be part of the accessibility movement. How did we get here and where do we go as we move through the 21st century? With AXS Map, we will be looking at disability around the world.
With AXS Map, we have and will continue to create partnerships around the globe. We are working with the United Nations to bring accessibility to developing nations such as India, Kenya and Brazil.
For me, AXS Map is a testament to the importance of building an international disability movement. I have new challenges as my multiple sclerosis worsens. My role as an artist and filmmaker is to use my gifts of creative expression to shine a light on the world, on people like me and on our stories.
For the first time, I'm sharing my artwork that I had done when I was younger. In the years before I graduated high school in 1996, I created a plethora of paintings and artwork. This continued on for the next seven years as I gained maturity as an artist and eventually found my footing as a photographer, filmmaker and new media artist. These autographed, high quality prints of paintings and illustrations are now available as rewards on this AXS Map Mapathon Kickstarter!
In addition, all donations are tax deductible - the project is done through AXS Lab, the non-profit that the project originated from. For any donations you make on this Kickstarter, please do claim this as a charitable donation on your 2015 tax returns. Message this Kickstarter site to request a 2015 donation receipt.
Below are all the original paintings available as rewards. The descriptions to the right explain each piece, the size, the medium and what year each one was completed. Here is a Facebook album link with all of the paintings on it.
Shipwreck 15x11"- $145
Sonia Study 11x 15" - $153
Impression 24x18"- $160
The Unknown Island 29x23"- $208
Commotion 29x23"- $237
Color Study Saturation 29x23"- $254
Melting Landscape 23x14"- $256
In the Forest of Dreams 29x23"- $270
The God and the Sun 23x14"- $296
Dancing 24x18"- $298
Introspection 26x20"- $312
Introversion 26x20"- $312
Laughing at the System 30x23"- $312
Out in the World 37x24"- $317
What I Know that You Don't Know 12x9"- $324
Cut Up in Pieces 30x18"- $340
Last Night's Nightmare - $356
Out in the World Full Color 37x24"- $367
Arise - $382
My Bright Light 12 x12 - $388
Cadillac Sky 29x23"- $389
Lasered 29x23"- $480
Accomplishment - $525
In the Universe 29x23"- $545
Being Watched - $570
The Secret 40x28"- $580
Quiet dolls - $600
To conclude, I want to say that my creative work has changed since I was a young artist. Now I am using my art practice to tell the stories of others through film and with AXS Map. I want to tell our stories with film storytelling and new media tools. They are stories that should be heard and seen. I hope that you can join me in this effort! AXS Map provides a new bullhorn for many voices that can no longer go unheard. I leave you with one of my favorite videos that I produced, The Long Wait:
This short doc highlights the difficulties people using wheelchairs have, getting around New York City. It shows how far we have to go to create equality and freedom for people with disabilities. Imagine how we can tell this same story, but this time around the world with AXS Map.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges are that AXS Map will not used as widely as I wish. We don't know how successful Mapathons are going to be. We've built a great tool, and every Mapathon has been very successful. However, we have to work really hard to get AXS Map and our Mapathon tools to spread like wildfire across North America and the world!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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