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The Office for Creative Research, in collaboration with COCA, is taking over the gymnasium in the Stevens School, a shuttered north-side neighborhood middle school, to create The St. Louis Map Room: a community space for exploring and creating original, interpretive maps of the city that reflect the personal stories and lived experiences of its residents.

The St. Louis Map Room combines theatrical set design, sophisticated interactive experiences, and facilitated workshops to bring members of the community together. Over the course of a month, a diverse set of community groups–spanning students, activists, historians, artists, public servants, and more–will convene to make large-scale maps that express their experiences in the historically divided city of St. Louis.

Free and open to the public, visitors will be invited to explore present and historic civic data using maps as instruments. Interactive projections will allow viewers to overlay these community maps with census data, historic city-planning maps, live policing data, and more, to understand how the community has been shaped by acts of mapping.

The St. Louis Map Room is a collaborative project between The Office of Creative Research and COCA in partnership with the St. Louis Public Schools, and with generous support from the Regional Arts Commission, PNC Arts Alive, and the Missouri Humanities Council.

For more information on The St. Louis Map Room, or if you would like to participate, please contact ECatedral@cocastl.org.

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