The Makers Assembly Project (MAP) fosters broader public discourse around artful practice by placing practitioners of all ages and disciplines in conversation and in community with one another.
MAP believes that artmaking is a wildly inclusive pursuit. Painter, doctor, writer, advocate, teacher, chemist, gardener, or storyteller: though distinct, each is a meaning-maker, engaged in a practice defined by its commitment to a purpose.
These practices - and those like them - require resolve. They demand commitment; they are driven by a certain kind of passion. And in this way, they are not as dissimilar as they might appear. MAP is committed to highlighting the ways in which makers of all kinds overlap in their work by creating inclusive public forums through which their connections may be both explored and celebrated. Through this work, MAP establishes ongoing conversations that redefine artful practice, encouraging individuals of all ages, disciplines, abilities, and backgrounds to contribute their voices to this vital dialogue and discover the artfulness of their own practice.
Broadening the way in which we think about artful pursuits inspires others to see themselves as makers, artists, and practitioners in ways they may not have considered before. In doing so, MAP provides individuals with the opportunity to advance their practice through collaborative projects, thoughtful inquiry, and ongoing dialogue with one another.
MAP envisions a kind of public education in which all participants - educator and learner - together contribute to a conversation about what it means to meaningfully interact with the world. With this in mind, MAP adheres to the following tenets:
Education is grounded in exchange; classrooms are defined not by walls, but by a shared and driving curiosity.
The strongest collaborations cut through convention.
Art is fueled by purpose, by a desire to make meaning in new ways. When we make, we become pioneers.
Our voices are stronger together; our stories are most compelling when multiple authors take part.
- The perspective of youth artmakers is as worthy of attention as that of anyone else. We are compelled to strengthen the voices of these young makers by engaging them in a broader public dialogue.
To enact its vision of inclusive education, MAP organizes public conversations in the style of school assemblies. These assemblies serve as an opportunity to incorporate the diverse voices of our community into this conversation, providing the space through which makers of all kinds may together redefine what it means to engage in artful practice.
In traditional show-and-tell-style, practitioners of various backgrounds will each present a brief talk about their practice, grounding their presentation in an artifact that represents their work.
After sharing their talk with the assembly, practitioners will have the opportunity to ask questions of one another in order to uncover the connections underlying their disciplines.
Practitioners will engage in a conversation with the audience, further investigating the connections between their work by responding to questions sourced from those in attendance. All are encouraged to contribute their voices to the conversation that emerges.
The audience will be invited to actively participate in the Makers Assembly Project by responding to a prompt developed collaboratively by the assembly’s speakers. Participants will be provided with instructions regarding the project’s nature, scope, and date of submission and are encouraged to contribute their work to the MAP Collection for exhibition. MAP projects offer the broader community an opportunity to contribute their perspective to the conversation in a tangible and lasting way.