MAP OF THINGS NO LONGER HERE:
GRINNELL BUSINESSES

An art and story collaboration between the Grinnell Historical Museum & Grin City Collective

Grin City's 2017 summer project has returned to our home base of Grinnell, Iowa! This year two teams of Grin City's alumni artists are embedded in the Grinnell community to develop a set of art works, performances or a series of events about the theme of Grinnell businesses that no longer exist and those that still do. This project is a partnership between Grin City, the Grinnell Historical Museum and the Drake Library's Poweshiek History Preservation Project. 

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 both pertaining to the theme "Map of Things No Longer Here." Each team will return to Grinnell in June for a 2-week residency to finish and present the group's work. 

PROJECT 1: GRIN CITY'S 2017 COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE OF SPECIAL SKILLS
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 will also include additional contact information for your government representatives, recreated advertisements of former Grinnell businesses and local advice on how to be a good neighbor. Each phonebook will be hand sewn and assembled during a community event in June.
Collaborators: Rachel Buse, Freesia McKee, Molly Rideout
Team Returns: June 4 - Jun 17, 2017
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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 will begin with a social map of the contemporary populations of Grinnell, gather community stories and memories of railroads, movement and freedom, and conclude with a final interactive event about what freedom looks like in Grinnell today.
Collaborators: Keva Fawkes, Purvi Shah, Anna Swanson
Team Returns: June 18 - July 1, 2017
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Participating Artists:
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

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THANK YOU TO OUR PROJECT SPONSORS!

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