Charissa Terranova/Nan Coulter feature on MAP for FD Luxe

The art group as activists: MAP 2013 and its passionate plan

Is everyone an artist?  A constellation of events attempts to answer that question, via rituals, trials and enmeshments.

MAP 2013 participants, from left: Brandon Horsley-Thompson, HIV/AIDS activist; Alpha Thomas, community activist; Lourdes Rocio Rocha, AVANCE community activist; Rebecca Carter, artist; and Harold Steward, cultural organizer


photographs by NAN COULTER

MAP 2013 is layered and multi-faceted — and, frankly, it promises a handsome social payoff for people simply interacting in the name of art and for good causes. MAP is an acronym that stands for Make Art with Purpose and, like cartography that unfolds in space to provide orientation and direction, it is a constellation of events from Oct. ober 1 through Nov. 24. The brainchild of photographer and social-activism artist Janeil Engelstad, MAP 2013 boasts 40 events and upwards of 60 artists and speakers who take footing in some 32 sites around the Dallas and Fort Worth. area.