The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Mapping Q


Mapping Q is in partnership with ALLY (Arizona Life Links for Youth), a suicide prevention program focused on reducing suicides. ALLY is a youth driven program and supports participants to become peer leaders who create change in their communities.

Food, art supplies and bus passes are provided at every session! Participating youth also receive art kits and sketchbooks – no RSVP required.

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Frequently asked questions:

Q: What is Mapping Q?

A: Mapping Q is a program offered through Eon, a drop in youth program run through the Southern Arizona AIDS program. During Mapping Q we learn about suicide prevention and leadership training. We also explore our own identities, and how representations of self are displayed in the world around us. Through art making we respond to all these ideas. At the end of the program, every youth that completes a work of art has the chance to display that work in an exhibition at the UA Museum of Art. We have a big party at the opening reception on October 4th, where family and friends are invited.

Q: Are there incentives for attending?

A: Yes! Every youth will receive their own sketchbook and drawing set. Additionally, for good attendance you will earn special prizes. We will have great food each day. Each youth has the opportunity to complete an art project during Mapping Q that will be exhibited at the art museum. The artwork will also be displayed in a catalog (each participant will receive a copy for free).

Q: Who can attend?

A: Any youth ages 13-24 interested in learning more about suicide prevention, making art, making new friends, or hanging out in museums.

Q: I don’t consider myself an artist. Is this program for me?

A: Yes. Any and all youth are invited. (And the secret is, anyone can make art.)

Q: How much does it cost?

A: It’s free! There is no cost. We provide bus passes and provide food at each session.

Q: Where does Mapping Q take place?

A: Mapping Q occurs at two locations this summer, the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th and the University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA). Some sessions at the UAMA will take place next door in the School of Art studio classrooms. We will have plenty of signs directing you the classroom.

Q: I am a bit nervous going to the UA campus, but still want to attend. How can I go with a group?

A: On dates where we are scheduled to be at the UAMA, a group of youth and adults will leave together from the Center on 4th and will travel on the street car. Meet us at 3:30pm at the Center on 4th and come with! Passes will be provided. Also, feel free to reach out and contact us ahead of time, we can answer any questions or concerns you might have.

Q: Do I need to register to attend?

A: No. Just show up! But feel free to email us if you want to check in.

Q: Do I need to attend every session?

A: No. But you will get a lot more out of it if you do. Each session we learn something new and do a new activity. We will have prizes for those with the highest attendance. Also, if you do not attend enough studio sessions, you likely will not be able to complete your art project in time to have it exhibited.

Q: Can I bring a friend?

A: Yes! More are always welcome.

Q: I had work in a previous exhibition; how do I get my artwork back?

A: Your work is likely at the Center on 4th to be picked up. Email Chelsea ( or Tatum (