Coloring Between the Walls: Using Art to Expand Patron Consciousness, Create Connections, and Provide Beauty - AzLA Professional Development Monthly Webinar Series
Libraries are filled with physical materials. But what do you do when the materials are worn out or if you have an excess? How can we use them to build relationships in the community?
Karina Wilhelm, manager of the ASU Design and the Arts Library, and Ellen Meissinger, ASU art professor, have collaborated on nine annual student art exhibits at the library. With an emphasis on sustainability, students in Meissinger’s Art on Paper class are given maps withdrawn from the library and then assigned to repurpose the maps using an exhibit theme chosen by the class. The Creative Cartography partnership incorporates visits to the ASU Library’s Map and Geospatial Hub and Makerspace and culminates in an annual exhibit in the library. This partnership provides exhibition opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds, introduces library patrons to new artists, and makes connections between the library and the ASU community. Chele Pacheco, a student in the 2022 Art on Paper class, will join to reflect on her experience utilizing library resources to create art.