Event Recap: Radical Mapping

Radical Mapping: Making Meaning in Our Communities was a three-part virtual public program, produced by The Laundromat Project, that gathered artists, historians, mapmakers, local leaders, and community members to share how mapping concepts and methods can democratize the knowing, keeping, and making of people and place. Held on April 15 & 16, 2021, the event explored how Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and other communities of color can creatively use practices like cultural asset mapping, cartography, and archiving to invest in and make meaning of our localities.

Watch the event recordings below, and explore our Radical Mapping Resource Guide for more on the topic.

Part 1 | Fireside Chat

Join visual artist Julie Mehretu and The LP Executive Director Kemi Ilesanmi for an intimate chat and Q&A to discuss the ways Mehretu’s work explores displacement, migration, urban development, and, of course, mapping.

Part 1 video transcription available here



Part 2 | The Self-Determined Society

How can mapping tools and concepts be used to realize self-determined visions in Black, Indigenous, and POC communities? This panel will bring together a global group of mappers, creative practitioners, and planners to discuss how they invite collective participation in decision-making processes about the preservation and sustainability of our communities. Featuring Laura Bustillos JáquezSteve DeRoy, Sadra Shahab, and Armando Sullivan. Moderated by Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham.

Part 2 video transcription available here


Part 3 | Where is Home On the Map?

How have our experiences of our homes and local surroundings been impacted by forces like housing policy, gentrification, and redlining throughout history? Further: how can uncovering these histories lead us to shape positive social change in our communities? This event will bring together artists, storytellers, and housing experts for a rich exploration and small group discussions on the places we call home. Featuring Walis Johnson, Barika Williams, and Ariana Allensworth. Moderated by Dr. Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani.

Part 3 video transcription available here