What is the Make America Project?
MAP begins with you. At the heart of this multimedia journey lies the question “What Makes America?” We at MAP are taking this question literally, setting out to find anyone and everyone Making in America.
MAP is a series of pop-up Maker Residencies performed as part of an east to west journey across the United States. MAP travels through three regions in America in our converted van, setting up camp in backyards and national parks.
At each location, MAP will be joined by Resident Artists (“MAP MAKERS”), who will live communally with the team and participate in both group artmaking and personal artistic practice. MAP will document regional making and make art collaboratively to help fill in the blank of what Makes America.
Why MAP now?
In this divisive moment, we want to explore who Makes in America, to learn about regional craftwork, and provide an interactive platform for Makers across America to share their ideas and work. MAP creates time and space to bring people together, hit the road, and forge new work inspired by American Possibility. In New York City alone, we’ve received responses ranging from “Make America Safe” to “Make America Great Again” to “Make America Care”. We are beyond excited to come to your city, and learn about what you are Making at this critical moment. There are just as many truths as people and places in this American Expanse. Join us in building, sharing, creating and Making America Great.
The Universe has bestowed its challenges!
- Unforeseen expense arose while getting our lovely van Roger (she/her) ready for the road. Now we are struggling to ensure our PNW Regional Loop will happen. Despite this . . .
- So many amazing Map Maker applications were submitted that we are working to add two additional residencies to our programming!
We need your help to get us West!
HOW THIS WORKS
1) Potential Map Makers applied for Residency in one of three regions:
- Northern Midwest (August 23-25, 2018) Ex: Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota
- Rocky Mountains (August 26-September 2, 2018) Ex: Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho
- Pacific Northwest (September 3-6, 2018) Ex: Oregon, Washington
2) Selected Map Makers are picked up at a location in their region. MAP undertakes a three-day looped journey (beginning and ending at the same location, with exception) as a local geographic tour. Artistic work will be conducted inside the MAP van during the day. MAP will set up camp at a National Park or other public location every night. All Living expenses are covered by MAP. A project does not need to be “completed”, but all artists must feel comfortable displaying their art in progress through the culmination of the summer 2018 MAP journey.
3) Following the completion of each of the three regional loops, the art projects will continue with MAP across the country and will be displayed as part of public exhibitions in three locations:
- Seattle, WA - Georgetown Trailer Park September 8th, 2018
- Lincoln, NE - Haymarket Theatre September 12th, 2018
- Coldwater, MI - Applefest & Craft Show September 15th, 2018
All three projects will be returned to the artist following the culmination of the journey.
Each regional loop includes:
- Setting up and breaking down camp
- Welcome breakfast for the resident artist
- Group work on the communal projects
- One zine and one episode of the docuseries produced per region, as well as at least five quilt squares.
- Daily community yoga sessions
- Personal time for artistic practice- 4 hours per day
- At least 20+ hours of work spent documenting local makers and their traditions
- 2 group meals per day for anyone at the camp
- Theatrical collaboration workshop
- Puppet-making workshop
- Potluck dinner the last night in each place.
- Rendezvous - our gallery opening/closing. An art show day wherein we share the work of the week.
MAP navigates using four guiding principles:
In addition to working on personal artistic pursuits, communal projects include:
- a docuseries episode about each region
- a handmade postcard exchange
- a travel quilt
- a zine series
- devised performance
All work will be “quilted” together through our interactive Navigation Log. Communities provide the quilt squares; MAP stitches the quilt together.
MAP is a mobile residency because we want to delve into the intersection of the insular nature of American communities and the westward-journeying spirit which lies at the heart of the American narrative. We have chosen these regions and presentation locations in particular because of their deep-rooted and profoundly varied artistic reputations.
We come to you! What is the role of crafting, art, and making in these communities, and how is it unique or rooted in each area? We are setting out to listen and share.
We are aiming to minimize our carbon footprint on this venture as much as possible, sourcing reused and recycled materials. Utilizing Roger The Solar Powered Van as our Headquarters and our Homebase for camping/living during the residency. Communing with and respecting the landscape is a top priority. We abide by a "leave everything better than we found it" philosophy.
Who is MAP?
We are a team of craftspeople, designers, theatre-makers, teachers, and storytellers creating interactive art at the grassroots level. For the past 10 years, individually and together we’ve created a Quilt Activist Collective, engaged with students in varying demographic over community foundations, directed and designed for theatre and film, staged protest performance art pieces such as “Cut Piece for Pants Suit” and “100 Years: Stay Tuned”, and built puppets from trash.
By listening and building instead of talking and destroying, we aim to activate cultures of generosity, cultivate an arts network of hope, and learn from what is vital in this United Quilt of States. Make America Project (MAP) provides time, space, and an inspiring mobile environment for artists to focus on a homeland-specific project.
What Your Contributions Will Go Towards:
= $3,000! We believe in the power of this project. We're hitting the road NOW and with your help will chart the complete course! Join us!
We have specifically chosen to partner with Kickstarter because this platform represents communal participation on a national level. Your participation adds your voice to the Make America narrative - which is the point of this project! Your support will allow MAP to really shine. Your donations will help us provide free art supplies to all participants, as well as food and all necessities.
Risks and challenges
In anticipation of potential challenges, we have identified and partnered with both mechanics and local community organizers along the route and at every stop who are familiar with the area and are excited to help MAP liaise with the community. We've protected ourselves, our gear, and Roger with some stellar insurance in case of any mishap on the road! AND - We have AAA!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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