Topographical Map Walking Tour and Workshop was a part of Illuminate LA, an initiative of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, curated by Anuradha Vikram.
Topographical Map Walking Tour and Workshop was a community-based project rooted in museotherapy, a form of art therapy. During the workshop, I led a walking tour of Topographical Map by artist Joseph Young in downtown Los Angeles. I engaged the ten participants in reflection both on the artwork and internally. Afterward, participants were encouraged to make artwork reflecting their experience paying special attention to the recent impacts of changes to land and water usage as is evoked in the mural. Lastly, I facilitated a discussion of their artwork and journeys as Angelenos. The workshop was a powerful experience. Through art as a therapeutic tool, individuals connected with others and gained insight into their own experiences and those of their fellow participants.
December 3, 2022.
Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture