How Green Is My City?

   

How Green Is My City?

…from NYC to the World with Green Map

Exhibit & Events at MoRUS, the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space through 2020

Originating on the Lower East Side, the locally-led Green Map movement is returning to its roots, impacting 65 countries along the way. 

In 1995, Green Map System created a new way to use mapmaking for social change and shared their ideas, toolkit and outcomes to spark vibrant connections between people and the place where they live. The nonprofit’s adaptable toolkit has been creatively applied by agencies, institutions, innovators, activists and community groups to challenge perceptions of local nature, culture, social justice and green living while encouraging eco-smart habits and informed actions. 

Bringing the roots and trajectory into focus, this exhibit will generate new answers to the question “How Green Is My City?” Featuring locally made Green Maps from NYC and cities around the world, the exhibit shares the project’s tools and trajectory along with local impacts on public policy, climate change, social movements, along with sustainability projects of all kinds. Come explore new directions to a healthier common future.

 

Join an event, make a map and experience the green side of our cities. However, given the uncertainities of the season, check here (GreenMap.org/2020exhibit) and at MoRUSnyc.org and at @GreenMap and @MORUSnyc for updates. Located at 155 Aveune C, and open 11-7 Tuesday and Thursday-Sunday (closed Monday and Wednesday), MoRUS Museum's season includes a fresh from the streets Black Lives Matter exhibit, Creating a Buzz about Bees interactions and the annual MoRUS Film Festival. Press release and Event List PDFs are below, and for updates, follow at @GreenMap and @MORUSnyc

UPCOMING EVENTS  

 Friday, September 25th, 6pm - Climate Week NYC Exhibit Tour

Join us for a special outdoor and indoor exhibition tour. Since this event is part of Climate Week NYC 2020, we’ll see some climate savvy complexes and community spaces that represent best practices in the East Village with speakers including JK Canepa of Village East Tower, Marga Snyder of La PLaza Cultural, Irene Meisel of MoRUS and Wendy Brawer, founder of Green Map System. Meeting outside the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space at 6pm, this 90 minutes tour will provide unique insight and context to the Green Map movement. Please RSVP here.

 

Friday, October 2, 2pm - OGM2 Demo Online! 

Find out about Open Green Map 2, the new mapping platform, now in Beta, and how you can use it for your own local Green Map projects with the developers at the Berlin-based GIS Collective. Featuring Green Mapmakers already using the OGM2 mapping platform! Here's the Zoom link. This demo will be repeated on first Fridays - Nov 6 and Dec 4 at 2pm ET.

Saturday October 17th, 3pm (rain date 10/18) -  Green Map Cycling Tour

This Green Map bike tour will highlight green infrastructure in the East Village. Let’s meet at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, then track underwater streams and traverse the original shore line into East River Park, which is slated for demolition this fall. Guest speaker Fannie Ip from EastRiverParkAction.org as well as maps from the past (and for the future) will help us chart the physical changes and gain perspective on current resiliency challenges and movements. Limited to 8 riders - with distancing & masks. RSVP to apple@greenmap.org

November Date TBD - Material Mapping (MoRUS Family Programming)

Led by MoRUS, this youth event will gather found materials from different East Village blocks and transform them into sculptures. As artistic manipulation transforms these materials, they will begin to take on a physical representation of their origin block. As more and more sculptures are created, they will begin to map out the neighborhood and forge new relationships to space and community. For all Ages.

Friday, November 6, 2pm - OGM2 Demo Online! 

Find out about Open Green Map 2, the new mapping platform, now in Beta, and how you can use it for your own local Green Map projects with the developers at the Berlin-based GIS Collective. Featuring Green Mapmakers already using OGM2! The Zoom Link will be posted here as it gets closer

TBD Date (MoRUS) - Critical Cartography Lecture/Panel/Discussion

Featuring experts in the field of alternative mapping, this MoRUS event will elevate critical approaches to cartography and probe into issues of power, representation, and knowledge production. 

TBD Date (MoRUS) - Mapping Archivist Lecture

Join MoRUS for a discussion led by the [NYPL expert] about NYC’s history in digitized maps.

TBD Date (MoRUS) - Workshop: Open Source Mapping Practices

Interested in learning more about open source mapping tools and practices? Join MoRUS for a free workshop led by GIS/Map expert. We will use the free online tools (Map Warper, Map Mosaic, open street map and from the current exhibit, OGM2).

Friday, December 4, 2pm - OGM2 Demo Online! 

Find out about Open Green Map 2, the new mapping platform, now in Beta, and how you can use it for your own local Green Map projects with the developers at the Berlin-based GIS Collective. Featuring Green Mapmakers already using OGM2! The Zoom Link will be posted here as it gets closer. 

 

TBD - Green Map’s Closing Event in December

 

Past Events in this Series

 

Sunday, September 6th, 5pm - Exhibition Opening and Tour

Join us for the socially-distanced opening of Green Map’s exhibit How Green Is My City?, including a live broadcast at 6pm (on MoRUS's Facebook page) introducing the show and upcoming events, brought to you through a special partnership with the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space. In the basement level of MoRUS, explore a special temporary exhibit featuring photos, art, and barricades from the recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations. 

Saturday, September 19, 5-7pm - Put your Spot on the Green Map at Grace Exhibition Space!

Celebrate North American Day of Sustainable Communities by putting your favorite green sites on the map. Share your knowledge about places, projects and practices and find out about the OGM2 mapping platform at this outdoor event. Grace Exhibition Space, dedicated to performance art & permaculture, is located just 2 blocks from MoRUS at 182 Avenue C, where “Microbes to Metropolis” exhibit by MoS MoBS LoBS Lab by dd Maucher is also on view. More event details here.

Sunday, September 20th 4pm - East Village Community Garden Passport (MoRUS Family Programming)

Stop by the Museum for a copy of your Community Garden Passport, which will map out different sustainable gardens in East Village. If you gather the stamps from all the gardens, return the full passport to the museum and receive a prize! MoRUS will have a small opening on Sunday September 20th, but come in anytime on the 20th or after to pick up a copy of your passport and complete your tours.

 

 

 

 

 

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