Accessing and Using Community Data for Your Art

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Monday, October 17, 20226 - 8PM

Zoom Video Conference

$5 for Members$10 for Non-Members

Join Liz Monk and Chelsea Gunn as they explore the connection between art and the creative side of visualizing data. Drawing inspiration from examples of data-driven artwork, including Mona Chalabi’s hand-drawn visualizations of trees in New York City, Kathryn Clark’s foreclosure quilts and Alice Thudt’s ceramic representations of personal data, we will share how to access similar local data resources. Participants will have time to practice accessing data and will also have time to get creative with data.  

You are encouraged to join even, or especially if, you feel like you shouldn’t because you aren’t necessarily “data-inclined.” 

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Hosted by

Liz Monk

Liz Monk, a caucasian woman with brown bangs and a big smile, typing on a computer.

Liz Monk manages Community Engagement and Special Projects at the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center at the University of Pittsburgh and is the project manager for Civic Switchboard, a federally funded project working to connect libraries and community information networks. Before joining the WPRDC, Liz worked in a wide variety of positions in public engagement and sustainable agriculture, including working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania. She lives in Marshall-Shadeland with her husband, kids, and dogs.  

Chelsea Gunn

Chelsea Gunn, a caucasian woman with long brown hair and academic glasses.

Chelsea Gunn is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information, where she teaches in the Master of Library and Information Science program. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Prototype, a non-profit dedicated to building gender and racial equity in tech and entrepreneurship. Previously, Chelsea worked as an archivist, researcher, and program coordinator in a variety of cultural heritage organizations.