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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Pyne Arts Magnet School -- Lowell, March 4

42° 37' 44" N
71° 17' 11" W 
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The EarthView team is pleased to be bringing EarthView -- itself a work of art -- to the Pyne Arts Magnet School for the first time.
Visiting a school with a focus on art is a good occasion to think about the many connections between art and geography. One is that visual and performing arts are part of what helps to define culture, and a geographic sense of place often includes the production and use of art in particular places.

It is also true that cartography -- the making of maps -- is both a science and an art. Many of the best ideas for graphic design -- such as those described by Edward Tufte in his many books and lectures -- originate in the work of cartography.

A final example is that by drawing maps,  learners of any age can become more adept at using them. Writer Deborah Farmer Kris explains the importance of maps in the age of GPS in an article on the PBS Parents blog.

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