Curriculum Planning & Resources

New Urban Arts

Creative Cartography: Art Inquiry Resource Guide 2006

A inquiry resource guide that explores mapmaking as a creative practice, fueled by the human impulse to locate oneself. Cartography resonates with youth as a chance to claim their territory and chart their path, making sense of their lives and the world around them, as they create works that communicate personal geographies, internal locations, and creative interpretations of the place they live in. This publication exists as a map itself, outlining the activities, ideas, dialogues, questions and projects that drove our art inquiry process. This resource guide reflects a map as it holds many destinations without one determined pathway prescribed. 

Art Inquiry Resource Guides are based on themes generated for, 
and during, New Urban Arts’ Summer Art Inquiry—a five-week, interdisciplinary summer program that brings together high school students and artists in a critical exploration of creative practice. Each guide is based around a specified theme and offers individual and collaborative activities, questions, and prompts to guide the development of your own personal inquiry and/or curriculum. 

We hope you find these resource guides useful in sparking new ideas for your own creative practice, whether individually, collaboratively, or in the classroom. Each publication’s format allows you to adapt, combine, or alter the activities to best meet the needs of your specific environment.