Inspired by Arts-Ed, Penang, we did some research on how they integrated
their art workshops, and their many projects. We found out about ‘My Balik
Pulau’, a community mapping project designed by Liew Kung Yu, and were
immediately inspired! ‘My Balik Pulau’ mapped out heritage sites in Balik Pulau using photography.
This is how we came up with the concept of Chow Kit Kita – a map not to map out heritage sites, but a map to map out useful information for children living there.
On a paper, we drew a mind-map of the type of information that could be included in the map: SAFETY (safe walking routes, dangerous zones, pedestrian crossings, bicycle routes, etc), FOOD (halal food, food under RM5, etc), ENTERTAINMENT (internet cafes, gigs, best and safest places to play games/sports etc), PUBLIC FACILITIES (pay phones, public toilets etc), TRANSPORTATION (bus routes, bus stops, etc)
The by-products will be brochures, posters, videos, postcards, t-shirts and drama performance. This is where the workshops come in – in order to produce the map and the by-products, they need to learn how to illustrate, make a video, take photos, print t-shirts and act.
We went on to produce an official project proposal for KL Krashpad. It took about 1 week to iron out all the details to complete the proposal.
Lesson: Proposals may not necessarily go exactly according to what has been put on paper. Ideally, it runs as proposed in the plan. However, it is normal that as the project progresses, new information and challenges surface. Therefore, revision is inevitable. It’s important that the main structure and objectives are laid out clearly – other details are tentative.