Dit is ons buurt (This is our neighbourhood)

A map made during a series of workshops with children at the Buurtatelier and the Oba public library, Amsterdam. Together with children from the Indischebuurt district, we created a map of the area based on the children's own experiences. The children aged between 6-10 were asked to make drawings of the things that were most important to them in the area, to think about how they felt in certain places and to draw those feelings, and to imagine going on a journey from their house to their favourite place. What kinds of things would they see on the way? They also made drawings of their homes and since many of them had family origins from different countries, they finally also made 'islands' which represented their various multi-cultural backgrounds.