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Illustrated Map in the Works for Clintonville, Proposals Being Accepted

Anne Evans Anne Evans Illustrated Map in the Works for Clintonville, Proposals Being AcceptedA Clintonville scene from Katie Barron's The Columbus Ohio, Coloring and Activity Book. The Clintonville Area Commission is accepting proposals from illustrators through February 28 for a map project for the neighborhood.
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There’s no doubt about it, Columbus loves its maps. (Have you voted in the Columbus Transit Map contest yet?). The Clintonville Area Commission is currently taking submissions for what Clintonville landmarks should appear on an illustrated map of Clintonville. They are also seeking proposals from illustrators who would like the chance to design the map.

Many cherished places have an illustrated map that shows the details and highlights of the city, neighborhood, or world they are portraying. Remember any of your favorite children’s books such as Lord of the Rings, or even the series Wicked or Game of Thrones? Chances are there was an illustrated map included and you enjoyed it just as much as you enjoyed the story.

David Vottero, Clintonville Area Commission District 1 Commissioner, developed the project after seeing how excited kids were over a Clintonville map in a book they were reading for class.

Vottero was visiting students at Indianola Informal K8 to speak on local governance and local history.

“While there, I learned that the school was integrating reading and social studies by incorporating Wolfgang Parker’s book Crime Cats, a great children’s book set in lower Clintonville,” he says. “Parker includes a map of the neighborhood as seen through the eyes of the cats, and the kids loved it – think of the map of The Hundred Acre Wood in A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. As clever as his map is, I thought it would be great if kids could have a map of Clintonville which was more complex, because their curiosity seemed only to have been whetted by the map that they had.”

The Clintonville Area Commission established the Illustrated Map Task Force in January to carry out the effort, with the plan to complete and publish the map by July, 2015. The Task Force includes Vottero, Olivera Bratich, owner of Wholly Craft and John Krygier, a Cartographer and Professor at Ohio Wesleyan University. The map will encompass the approximate five square miles of Clintonville, with the finished map size being approximately 16″ wide by 25″ high.

“We intend the map to be two-sided with a rendered map of Clintonville and spot illustrations of local landmarks on the front with the back of the map consisting of community information, highlighted by spot illustrations which convey the history, ecology and story of Clintonville,” the group states on their website. They are also accepting ideas for what should be included on the map.

The Columbus Ohio, Coloring and Activity Book, illustrated by Katie Barron.

The Columbus Ohio, Coloring and Activity Book, illustrated by Katie Barron.

“I think there are so many great places in Clintonville, it makes it difficult to make sure nothing important gets left out,” says Katie Barron, illustrator of the popular The Columbus Ohio, Coloring and Activity Book. Barron has turned in a proposal and is hoping to land the project.

“I think it’s a perfect fit for me and my work,” she says. “I think a lot of people are going to see this map and it would be an honor to be involved in a piece of Clintonville history.”

Barron lived in Clintonville for 24 years, but recently moved out of the neighborhood to Olde North. When she is in the market for a home, she hopes to move back to Clintonville.

Her ideas for the map would be similar to the style of her coloring book.

“They haven’t decided if it’s going to be in color or not (I hope it is!) so that would be a slightly different look than the coloring book,” she says. “I definitely want to bring a fun, playful style to the map. I think it’s very important that it’s fun and visually interesting, especially so that kids will be interested in it as well as adults.”

The task force members do not have any preconceived ideas in mind for the project and are looking forward to seeing the responses the request for proposals brings.

“We want to make sure to allow for as much creative freedom as possible for the illustrator to help us realize a shared vision for the map,” says Vottero. “We are looking to create something that starts conversations and gets residents to become more aware of their community, and ultimately to feel more a part of, and aware of, their community.”

 I don't have a favorite, but I'm attaching a map that I think is a great deal of fun. It's from Transcontinental Air Transport it was promotional piece to allow passengers to follow along with the sights on their transcontinental flight (which begins with a train ride from New York to Columbus to get to the plane.) The images around the edge include a rendering of Columbus, and the short dash between the train station and the air terminal.

Although Vottero does not have a favorite map, he does think this map from the Transcontinental Air Transport “is a great deal of fun.” It showcases a rendering of Columbus along the edge, and the short dash between the train station and the air terminal. Done as a promotional piece, the map allowed passengers to follow along with the sights on their transcontinental flight, which begins with a train ride from New York to Columbus to get to the plane.

Illustrators have until 3pm on Saturday, February 28, 2015 to get their submissions in to the Clintonville Area Commission. The group has budgeted $900 for the services of an illustrator for this project.

Residents are encouraged to share their favorite Clintonville landmarks for consideration for inclusion on the map.

For more information, visit Clintonvillemap.wordpress.com.

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