"Maps from here & abroad" aims to foster the social inclusion of the migrant population in France through two main kinds of activities: participatory mapping on OSM during mapathons, and sensitive mapping workshops, meaning the freehand drawing of maps based on the affect one has for a space.
The objective of this initiative is to offer these activities to the residents of emergency accommodation centers or CADA, everywhere in France in order to raise awareness about digital cartography, but also on an artistic and creative form of mapping. This project was implemented with the support of several partner organisations such as Bibliothèques sans frontières, Aurore, and many more, as well as CartONG's volunteers.
Maps from here & abroad was originally financed by Fondation de France from May 2018 to May 2019. In 2019, the project also received the support of the FDVA. This funding led to new commitments from local partners, to accompany a group of students from the University of Savoie-Mont Blanc in the creation of a urban walk for a group of asylum seekers, as well as to present two exhibitions of sensitive maps as part of the Festisol festival as well as the Migrant'scène festival. This initiative will continue in 2020 with the support of other donors.