Mapping It Out is a series of short, focused, lunchtime virtual presentations on the best practices and simple things you can do to grow your art practice now. Each month, join MAPS board members as they discuss diverse topics and answer your questions.

Presentations are held the second Wednesday of each month from 12:00-12:30 pm. Registration is free, with suggested donation of $5 to support MAPS.


January 13, 2021: How to Plan a Project
Liz Deichmann—MAPS Co-Founder and arts researcher— will present How to Plan a Project. Learn how to activate your creative idea with a successful project plan


For the past 10 years, Liz Deichmann has worked in various roles in the commercial and nonprofit arts sector: film producer, music talent buyer, college radio promoter, administrator, and researcher. Currently, she is the Data and Research Manager at the Regional Data Alliance where she works with nonprofits and government to conduct applied research, build capacity, and ensure data is a public good. Her work as a nonprofit arts practitioner inspires her research interests—cultural policy, research methodology, and policy process—as a Political Science PhD student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She holds a Master of Public Policy Administration and BA in Art History. She is a 2012 Community Arts Training alumna and co-founder of Midwest Artist Projects, St. Louis Secret Sound Society, and St. Louis Arts Project.


February 10, 2021: Learning about Artist Residencies
Angie Villa—MAPS board member and Associate at Via Partnership — will present How to Apply for an Artist Residency. Dreaming of making art in the mountains of California or sending your art into space? Join us to learn more about artist residencies and where they can take you.


Angie Villa is an Associate at Via Partnership a consulting group which specializes in public art. She works on the research and project management portions of projects for St. Louis-based and national clients, often guiding artist calls and workshops. Angie brings her detailed vision and meticulous oversight to each project and applies her creativity to problem solving. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Louis University and studied Arts Management and Leadership at Webster University. Her current favorite places are surrounded by plants, as a St. Louis Master Gardener she enjoys volunteering with various groups to spread enjoyment of nature and fresh harvests.

March 10, 2021: Artists Collaborating Outside of the Arts
Mallory Rukhsana Nezam—MAPS board member and Founder of Justice + Joy—will present Artists Collaborating Outside of the Arts. Artists have many skills and sensibilities that are both beneficial to and in demand by sectors outside of the arts. Come learn how to put those to use.


Mallory Rukhsana Nezam is a cross-sector culture-maker who loves cities and believes that we have the tools to make them more just and joyful. She specializes in creative placemaking/keeping/knowing, systems change, organizational development and strategic growth, and the public domain. Through her cross-sector practice, Justice + Joy, she engages government, artists, advocacy groups, elected officials, community members and urban planners to de-silo the way we run cities and build new models of creative, interdisciplinary collaboration. She has helped build inaugural arts & culture teams in non-arts organizations at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council of Boston, Transportation for America and PolicyLink. Raised in St. Louis, MO, she is the founder of St. Louis Improv Anywhere, and collaborating founder of the St. Louis Artivists. Through her art practice she disarms and disrupts public space norms using play and participatory performance. She holds a Master of Design from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and her research focuses on the racial equity impacts of artists residencies in local government. She’s currently a lecturer at the Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, a 2020 Monument Lab Transnational Fellow, and was a 2019-2020 inaugural Practices for Change Fellow at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute of Design & the Arts. She seeks to be in every room she’s not supposed to be in.

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Twitter: @activatethecity

Past Talks

October 14: How to Price Your Work

Syrhea Conaway (aka Syna So Pro)—MAPS board member, multi-instrumentalist, and music instructor—will present How to Price Your Work. Learn how to create and track a baseline for pricing your creative outlet.


Syrhea Conaway is a multi-instrumentalist and music instructor who lives and works in St. Louis. She has opened for many national artists such as, Asobi Seksu, Kristeen Young, Future Islands, and Paul Rucker (cellist/artist), and collaborated with world-renown ensemble Alarm Will Sound for a performance at the Sheldon Concert Hall in 2015.  In the fall of 2017 she participated as a member of New Music Circles’ St. Louis Ensemble collaboration led by LA electronic musician John Weise. She’s produced live sound design for the Peabody Award Winning Podcast “To the Best of Our Knowledge” that aired on 220 NPR stations in the summer of 2017.   She accepted the DJ in Residence of 2019 at the Contemporary Art Museum and continues to present workshops at local schools and libraries.  Conaway has returned to the Center of Creative Arts (COCA)’s Autumn Institute which aims to bring art integration to school curriculum. Currently she scores original music for local theater companies including, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, SIUE, COCA , and Upstream Theater, facilitates the Sheldon Concert Hall and Galleries SOLID (Science of Learning Instrument Design) Program in schools in St. Louis, and occasionally performs virtually.


November 11: How to Create Meaningful Communications
Caitlin Custer—MAPS board member and Communications Manager at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra— will present How to Create Meaningful Communications. Learn a framework for creating a communications plan, along with sharing tips and tricks for writing and editing engaging arts narratives.


Caitlin Custer is the Communications Manager at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and has served on the MAPS board since 2018. Previously, she spent five years working with ECS Music Publishing Group, where she managed strategic plans and marketing to best serve the company’s composers, performers, and audiences. She earned her BA in Musicology from the University of Illinois.


December 9:  How to Write a “Cold Call” Email
Brigid Flynn—MAPS Co-Founder and Senior Associate Director of Development for the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts— will present How to Write a “Cold Call” Email. Learn how to make a better first impression while moving your creative career forward. 


Brigid Flynn has 20 years of arts administration and fundraising experience. She has worked at the Wexner Center for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts in New York City, and served as the Director of Institutional Giving for the Saint Louis Art Museum from 2008-2016. She currently is the Senior Associate Director of Development for the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University. She is a past board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-St. Louis Chapter and Creative Reaction Lab, and has been a presenter at several major conferences. She holds a BA from Loyola University Chicago and an MA from The Ohio State University.