Arts Night Out: Suzuki Cellists of NCMC || U.S. Schematic Maps

Click Workspace opens its doors for another Arts Night Out evening. This month features...

5:30-6:30 p.m: Performance by the Suzuki cello students of Northampton Community Music Center.

The Suzuki Cellists of NCMC take cello lessons each week and study in group classes twice a month.  They range in age from 3 to 17 years old and while some have been studying cello for over 10 years, others have been playing for less than a year.  All of them look forward to performing together for the community at Arts Night Out!

On display: Transit Authority Figures' graphic art exhibition, "United States Schematic Maps" (closing month)

Think of any state in the USA. 

Picture the general iconic shape of that state. Now imagine all the locations you’ve heard of—cities, vacation spots, college towns, roadside attractions, mountains, beaches, battlefields, the famous and the infamous. How many can you mentally pin onto that shape? With what degree of accuracy?

Inspired by subway maps, these schematics position and link the ‘most important’ places in every state. And—like subway maps—positioning is somewhat distorted, detail is eliminated, and lines are straightened to create the most simple and memorable diagram possible. 

By approximating relative locations in an orderly and minimal fashion, we hope to create for the observer new mental maps that endure long after viewing.