MAP OF THINGS NO LONGER HERE
Grin City's 2017 summer projects returned to our home base of Grinnell, Iowa with two teams of Grin City's alumni artists embedded in the Grinnell community to develop a set of artworks loosely tied to the themes of local history, commerce and opportunity.
March 12 - 18, 2017, the full Map of Things artist team spent a week in Grinnell, meeting community members, listening to their stories, and learning about the history of our town. The group then split into two teams to work remotely on separate projects.
PROJECT 1: GRIN CITY'S 2017 COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE
Who can someone call to get a shoe or a standing mixer repaired? What if someone needs a video made? This community publication celebrates the harder-to-locate and less-well-known resources of our town. Based on Grinnell’s phonebooks of the 1920s-40s, the publication includes additional contact information for your government representatives, recreated advertisements of former Grinnell businesses and local advice on how to be a good neighbor.
Collaborators: Rachel Buse, Freesia McKee, Molly Rideout
Team Returned: June 4 - Jun 17, 2017
PROJECT 2: SOCIAL CROSSINGS: AN INTERACTIVE RAILROAD MAP OF GRINNELL
From its founding, Grinnell played a role in the Underground Railroad. How can Grinnell continue its spirit of justice for marginalized socioeconomic and racial groups? How do we build communities of (intersectional) belonging? What does it mean to be committed to freedom? This project began with a social map of the contemporary populations of Grinnell, gathered community stories and memories of railroads, movement and freedom, and concluded with an interactive event about what freedom looks like in Grinnell today.
Collaborators: Keva Fawkes, Purvi Shah, Anna Swanson
Team Returned: June 18 - July 1, 2017
Rachel Buse / Des Moines, IA
Keva Fawkes / Iowa City, IA
Freesia McKee / Milwaukee, WI
Molly Rideout / Grinnell, IA & Columbus, OH
Purvi Shah / New York, NY
Anna Swanson / Portland, OR
THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR PROJECT SPONSORS!