I am in the home stretch of creating the final artwork for Mapping Our Watershed. It combines four experiential map pieces I created based on my field visits to the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed at Renninger Park, Rock Lane, Tookany Creek Park, and High School Park with more than 80 community-created artworks produced during seven workshops held both outdoors and at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts. It is 5 x 12 feet, in the shape of Cheltenham Township. Many of the art materials in this piece are sourced directly from the natural world, either by me or other artists; I have tried to minimize the use of materials using plastic.
I am excited to share this collectively-created work with the Cheltenham Community on Thursday, August 24th from 5:30-7:30pm at High School Park, which is located at High School Road and Montgomery Avenue in Elkins Park, PA. My project partners Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, and Friends of High School Park will be there, and you’ll have a chance to hear about the role of artmaking in educating residents about the importance of healthy watershed ecosystems. And there will be refreshments–see you there!