Mapping Q is a program offered through Eon, a drop in youth program at the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th. During Mapping Q, youth learn about suicide prevention and leadership training. They also explore their own identities, and how representations of self are displayed in the world around us. Through art making youth respond to all these ideas. At the end of the program, every youth that completes a work of art has the chance to display that work in an exhibition at the UA Museum of Art.
Sessions run May 30 - August 8, 2018
Exhibition runs Oct. 4 – Jan. 13
Our Stories: Mapping Q (August 18, 2017- April 22, 2018)
Mapping Q, created in collaboration with The University of Arizona Museum of Art and the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), is a social justice art program for youth. Over several weeks, youth learn skills for life’s challenging moments, including how to identity warning signs and how to discuss suicide with their peers. LGBTQ youth experience disproportionate risk for suicide-related behaviors (e.g., suicide ideation or attempts). Reducing adolescent suicide-related behaviors is a national public health priority that requires the identification and leveraging of internal strengths and external supports. And while these facts are critically important, the works in the exhibition highlight the creativity, resiliency, and collaborative spirit of one small community of LGBTQ youth here in Tucson, Arizona.
During Mapping Q, we investigate where and how identities are represented in the Museum space, revealing gaps of representation. The artwork in this exhibit is meant to fill in those voids, challenging the narrative of who is accepted in museum spaces and under what circumstances.
-Chelsea Farrar, Curator of Community Engagement, UAMA, Pronouns-she/her/hers
“Mapping Q is an incredible opportunity for participants to learn compassion for themselves and their community, and to communicate their feelings and perceptions through arts. The art created by participants speaks to the depth of queer and trans experiences in an oppressive context, and the exhibition provides space for the participants’ voices to resist and conquer injustice. As a researcher who has studied resilience among LGBTQ youth and young adults for over ten years, I believe, without a doubt, that Mapping Q has clear implications for participants’ thriving.”
– Russ Toomey, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Arizona, Pronouns – he/him/his/they/theirs