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Peter Foucault working with Chris Treggiari brings MAP to Seattle, WA

Artist, Peter Foucault, first presented the idea of his Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) to us in 2007. Using a vintage retrofitted 1963 Ford Falcon van, Foucault's MAP introduced, and in some cases, reintroduced, the ideas and techniques of fine art practice to local communities with staged presentations of drawing, performance, and sound. Today, the van is paired with Chris Treggiari's mobile art trailer and a vintage Vespa scooter. MAP partnered with San Francisco's SOMArts Cultural Center with presentations at the Precita Eyes Urban Youth Festival, Japantown's Cherry Blossom Festival, and Potrero Hill Neighborhood Association. Additionally, MAP events have been held at RootDivision, Oakland's Art Murmur, and the Zero1 San Jose Art and Technology Festival. 

The current iteration of Mobile Arts Platform was awarded a generous grant from the Seattle Center Foundation to set up daily interactive art installations at the Seattle Center (for Next50, a 50th Anniversary celebration of the Seattle World Fair), from Wednesday, July 17 through Sunday, July 22, as well as satellite programming in neighboring areas. For related information please go to http://www.thenextfifty.org/

Working with a partner, Chris Treggiari, Foucault will unveil two new MAP constructions: A mobile pop-up cinema structure built in collaboration with Patrick Wilson, and a mobile screenprint cart towed behind a vintage Vespa scooter featuring the work of Seattle printmakers selected by PrintZero Studios co-founder Brian Lane.

The installations will feature artwork by MAP, Brian Lane and fellow PrintZero Studios artists, David T. Olsen, Jonathan Grover, Scott Kiernan, Matthew Parrott, Everett Beidler, Justin Hoover, Patrick Wilson, and other local Seattle artists. Musical performances by guest artists will also be featured.

On Sunday, July 22Foucault will set up "Building Bridges of Peace Station," an interactive pop-up post office/mail art installation, a collaboration between MAP and Bay Area-based non-profit Building Bridges, which made its debut earlier this year at Oakland's Art Murmur.

The MAP Seattle itinerary is:
Wednesday, July 18
1-4pm: MAP Epi-Center Office set up at the Seattle Center featuring interactive artworks and video projects.
6-8pm: Georgetown pop-up event at Georgetown Art Walk
Thursday, July 19 
1-4pm: MAP Epi-Center Office set up at the Seattle Center featuring interactive artworks and video projects. 
6-8pm: Columbia City Art Walk http://communityartscreate.org/
Friday, July 20 
1-4pm: MAP Epi-Center Office set up at the Seattle Center featuring interactive artworks and video projects.
6-8pm: Capital Hill Block Party http://capitolhillblockparty.com/
Saturday, July 21
12-6pm: Interactive MAP programming set up behind the EMP at Seattle Center
Sunday, July 22 
12-6pm: Interactive MAP programming set up behind the EMP at Seattle Center