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Current Artist in Residence - A Map Home - December 23 - March 14, 2016

The first CURRENT A.I.R. project was A Map Home created by Eve Ewing. The exhibition was up December 23 - March 14, 2016. Eve ran two workshops sessions for visitors on January 18 and February 16, 2016, from 12-2pm. There was also Professional Practice Event for Arts Educators: March 12, 2016, 10-1pm.

A Map Home

Photo by Sofija V.
Eve Ewing, the first artist-in-residence, is a celebrated artist, educator, scholar and writer. Ewing’s project A Map Home is an immersive installation using swaths of canvas, paint and Sharpie markers that explores themes of place, childhood adventure and exploration, and the ways we connect text and image to make meaning in everyday life. Ewing has thought carefully about creating various modes of engagement with textual and imagistic elements designed to be read by viewers of any age, and in any order. Like a paper fortune teller, a children’s search-and-find picture book, or a recurring visit to a familiar neighborhood, A Map Home suggests new points of discovery and new stories to share depending on who is viewing it and when. A Map Home draws inspiration from leading contemporary artists such as Shinique Smith, Wangechi Mutu and Mark Bradford, as well as the street-level images of Ewing’s native Chicago - handwritten cardboard signs, grocery store discount posters, graffiti, tags, and scribbles on bus seats and train windows, newspaper circulars and paintings of food on corner restaurant windows.

Rene Dongo’s film about CURRENT Artist-in-Residence Eve Ewing’s process!

Learn more about Rene and his work here:

CURRENT Artist-in-Residence Eve Ewing Interview on Coloring Coorain!

Artist-in-Residence Eve Ewing was interviewed on the web series Coloring Coorain! Listen in as she speaks directly to kids (and adults) about being an artist and “A Map Home”, her exhibition at Boston Children’s Museum.

Coloring Coorain is video and performance project produced by the artist Coorain Devin. They’ve interviewed many artists about identity, art and more! Learn more about their work here:

Eve Ewing Biography

Eve is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University; as a sociologist of education, her research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. Her dissertation, "Shuttered Schools in the Black Metropolis: Race, History, and Discourse on Chicago’s South Side," explores these topics in the context of the 2013 public school closures in Chicago, and the relationship between such closures and the structural history of race and racism in Chicago's Bronzeville community.

Eve is also an essayist and poet. Her work has been published in many venues, including Poetry Magazine, The New Yorker, Union Station, and the anthology The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. She has been a Pushcart Prize nominee, a finalist for the Pamet River Prize, and a scholarship recipient for the New Harmony Writers Workshop. She currently an editor and staff writer for the website Seven Scribes. She is also one of the organizers of MassLEAP, which is home of the Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts youth poetry slam.

For ten years, Eve has been an educator in both traditional and community-based settings. She taught science and language arts to grades 6-8 in a public school in Chicago's Bronzeville community, where her work was generously supported by grants from the Chicago Foundation for Education, and the Oppenheimer Family Foundation. She has also taught for After School Matters and the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. For two years, she was a teaching fellow for the Arts in Education masters program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In spring 2016, she will teach two courses: Racism & Inequality in the Lives of African-American Youth (Harvard University) and Education & Social Policy (Wellesley College).

Eve was born and raised in the Logan Square community of Chicago and is a proud alumna of Chicago Public Schools. She received an undergraduate degree with honors in English Language & Literature from the University of Chicago, with a focus on African-American literature of the twentieth century. She also holds an MAT in Elementary Education from Dominican University and an M.Ed in Education Policy and Management from Harvard. She loves her family and friends, music, art, cartoons, traveling, reading, and food (especially fried chicken and carne asada tacos).

Alter Projects

Alter Projects fosters artistic infrastructure through custom arts programming and consultation for artists, organizations and enterprises. Their vision is a regional community that actualizes the potential of a healthy arts ecosystem through the appreciation and promotion of contemporary art in collaboration with the artists who make it. Alter Project programs are designed to activate relationships, advise institutional methods for working with the arts, and to optimize the role of artists in society today. Their practice is informed by curatorial expertise, a dedication to teaching and learning and a sincere commitment to growing network of artists and creative professionals. Alter Projects was founded in 2013 by Leonie Bradbury and Maggie Cavallo and revolves around the core ideology that contemporary art and artists are integral to the viability of communities in Boston and beyond.

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