UMBC Students Collaborate with Elementary and High School Students to Map the Community
Fourteen UMBC cartography and graphic design students are collaborating with seven elementary and high school students from Baltimore city and country schools to research and create maps that focus on important issues in their community. The project, “Mapping Their Community,” is the latest outreach program coordinated by the University’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC).
The UMBC mentors are teaching elementary and high school students the relevance of maps and visual literacy in their lives, as well as critical geography and graphic design skills. Students gather information for the maps, develop the technical and conceptual development of designs and participate in group discussions and critiques.
The exhibition includes over 100 maps by participating students and additional maps and designs by their UMBC mentors. It will be on view from November 29 through January 5 at The Commons and Department of Visual Arts hallway gallery at UMBC. A winner from each school will be announced at a public opening reception on November 29, 5-7 p.m., at the CADVC.
”Mapping Their Community” concludes in the spring with bus trips for the participating students to see a map exhibition at the Walters Art Museum. Selected maps from “Mapping the Community” will also be shown in a weekend exhibition at the Museum in April.
Schools involved in “Mapping Their Community” include the Academy for College and Career Exploration, Augusta Falls Savage Institute of Visual Art, Baltimore City College, Lansdowne High, Samuel F.B. Morse Elementary, Towson High and Woodlawn High.
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