As a cartographer, my goal is to create beautiful maps and compelling graphics that provoke people into thinking more deeply about their relationships to land, space, and community. In some of my projects I am familiar with the places being mapped, and with others I get to know unfamiliar locales through the mapping process itself.
More recently, I have become intrigued by the layers of history in a place I know well, yet have rarely mapped. Sacramento is my hometown -- and home to Sutter’s violence against Native Americans, the dream of a prosperous West, abundant salmon runs, and powerful river-taming dams. Diverse stories are embedded in the landscape, from tales of industrious bootleggers during Prohibition, to Black Panther activists in Oak Park, to the founding of the Royal Chicano Air Force. Born and raised here, I am motivated to help create a fuller picture of Sacramento by mapping these overlapping and intertwining experiences.
The atlas I envision is an art project and a historical engagement of place, to examine where Sacramento has been, where it is now, and where it may be heading. I am particularly drawn to untold and under-told narratives which will showcase the complex geographies of Sacramento. In addition to story-telling maps and infographics, the atlas will include work from local artists, photographers, writers, poets, and historians.
Through map-making, I want to explore the many dimensions of one place, and in mapping this one particular place, explore new dimensions of cartography and counter-mapping.
A print and web atlas publication of maps, artwork, photographs, etc.
Ideas for the future: Map-art exhibits, school presentations, interactive city mapping projects, and localized neighborhood community-improvement mapping initiatives.
How to connect to the project
Send in map ideas, must-have stories, interesting history tips, good potential sources and reads, local place-based quotes, old maps, and old photos.
Are you a local historian, scholar, or journalist? Let’s talk about how we can turn your work into a map.
Want to offer your research skills? Send an email describing your experience, how you’d like to get involved, and at what capacity.
Local photographers, artists, writers, and poets: reach out if you’re interested in contributing to the future print publication.
Want to help fund this project?
(Initial funds will go towards lead and assist researchers and map makers, printing photocopies of library maps, and printing copies of newly created maps for editing purposes. This donation will not be tax-deductible. Please ask if you have questions or concerns.)
Do you work for an organization that may be interested in a longer-term partnership or making a larger donation? Please reach out and let’s plan how to move forward together.
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