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Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform

About the Project

Community Engagement at the Gardner brought together Neighborhood Salon Luminary designer Nathalia JMag; local youth-serving partner organizations Hyde Square Task Force, Urbano Project, and Sisters Unchained; and Olin College engineering students working with advisor Mimi Onuoha to consider the exhibition Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform and to generate alternative maps of Boston communities.

Throughout the summer of 2019, Nathalia facilitated hands-on textile workshops with youth engaging historical imagery from the Big Plans exhibition, and community-generated maps as layers of aesthetic material. Map-inspired textiles were created during the workshops and were further refined by JMag. The workshops culminated in an outdoor, public processional at the Neighborhood Night Block Party on August 22, 2019.

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