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Picturing a Place with Rosten Woo and Courtney Adair Johnson

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Moore College of Art & Design

1916 Race Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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This iteration of Conversations@Moore is sponsored and presented in partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia's muraLAB program. Conversations@Moore is organized by Moore's Graduate Studies programs in Socially Engaged Art.


Picturing a Place will consider how one represents a neighborhood. In recent years, artists have incorporated research tools from social science and urban planning into their work, such as oral history and community asset mapping. Asset mapping starts with the assumption that there are many resources, internal and inherent within a community, that need to be understood before embarking on projects in those contexts.

During this discussion, Rosten Woo and Courtney Adair Johnson will each share their individual portfolios and reflect on how they have both incorporated and adapted these research tools into their work with Artist-Led Asset Mapping. Adair Johnson will discuss Mapping McGruder, a recent project from Nashville, and Woo will discuss Willowbrook is. . . / es, a book he published about a Los Angeles neighborhood. They will be joined by two local artist-organizers: Dave Kyu, who has been working on a Cultural Plan for Chinatown North with Asian Arts Initiative, and Beth Uzwiak, who developed a project in Strawberry Mansion with Amber Art & Design for the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

This event is FREE to the public.

Visit the Moore College of Art & Design website for more information on Moore's Graduate Studies Socially-Engaged Art Programs.

Pictured above: The Back 9 (2017). Designed by Rosten Woo in collaboration with the Los Angeles Poverty Department.

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