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

Mapping Q


What is Mapping Q?

Mapping Q is a series of virtual art workshops for Arizona LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-24. Participants explore topics of art-making, self-care and harm reduction. During these virtual workshops we learn about LGBTQ+ artists and explore ideas like pride, radical self-care, identity and how to effectively complain (i.e., protest lack of positive representations of queer, BIPOC and disabled bodies in visual culture) through art making. We will build community, meet artists, and watch videos and art demonstrations.

Fashion Workshop flyerThe Mapping Q program is excited to announce a free, month-long LGBTQ+ Fashion Workshop for Arizona youth ages 13-24 beginning on July 21, 2021. Participants will acquire basic fashion skills – sewing, color theory, and more – and learn how fashion relates to identity and expression.

This workshop is part of a research study aligned with the thesis project of Devan Marin, a graduate student in Art and Visual Culture Education. They are researching the role that fashion has in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth, and aim to understand how it helps individuals feel more connected to their identities.

Over the course of these four two-hour sessions, data will be collected in the form of surveys and interviews, which can be opted out of at any time. Please note that an Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.

Workshops take place on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m., starting July 21 and ending August 11, and registration is open until full. Please register by July 14 to ensure that your art kit arrives on time. Note: Kits are available for local (Tucson area) pickup only.


This program runs in partnership with Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation’s (SAAF) suicide prevention program, ALLY. The ALLY (Arizona’s Life Links for Youth) Program is focused on reducing the rate of attempted and completed suicides among Arizona’s youth. It is comprised of two components: peer leadership development and gatekeeper training. Peer leadership development is taught using the Sources of Strength curriculum along with additional activities and exercises. Gatekeeper training is taught using the QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) model of suicide prevention.

Mapping Q is made possible by support from the LGBT&S Alliance Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. This program is also made possible through support from the UAMA’s Stanley Glickman Outreach Endowment.

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