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General News · 7th November 2011
The Cortes Island Community Mapping Project

… extends an invitation to all Cortesians to join Briony Penn &
Brigid Weiler for a workshop in artistic community mapping
Sunday, November 20 at 2 pm at T.O.S.H.
(Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery)

Briony Penn, Saltspring Island artist, writer, environmental educator & biogeographer, has been at the forefront of community mapping in the Salish Sea since 1994. Inspired by the “Parish Maps Project” while working on her Ph.D. in Geography at Edinburgh University, Briony brought this idea home to the Salish Sea and continues to inspire people to make maps of the places they love.
Come for inspiration, come for technical advice,
come to share your passion for your home place!!

Community maps marry the microscope and the mandolin; where art touches the heart and science touches the mind. The Cortes Community Mapping Project is a collaboration between science, art and community. Our community maps will be the tools to encourage protection and sustainability of our home place, Cortes Island.
This project is modeled on the Islands in the Salish Sea Community Mapping Project (2000) and coordinated by myself, Sabina Leader Mense. Brigid Weiler and I teamed up in 2000, to contribute a Cortes Island map to the Salish Sea Community Mapping Project. We bring that experience and enthusiasm for community mapping home to Cortes Island.

"The Islands in the Salish Sea Community Mapping Project, 2000, engaged over 3000 people and involved everything from oral history with elders to review of scientific data to school kids with clip boards. More than 30 artists then brought these layers of accumulated information to life in unique and extraordinary maps."

All the maps created for the Islands in the Salish Sea Project are featured in the book, Islands in the Salish Sea: A Community Atlas ISBN 1.894898.32.X, which is available on loan from the FOCI resource library in Manson's Landing. Brigid’s original community map is permanently mounted in the Gorge Hall foyer.

Artists working independently or in partnership with community members (children, elders, naturalists) are invited to create artistic community maps that express and celebrate places special and sacred to them on Cortes Island.

As coordinator of the project, I would like to hear back from those of you that are interested in participating and I would be pleased to answer any questions & provide support in whatever form necessary; contact me at 250 935 6467