This week I began embedding the photographs I took of one section of properties into the spreadsheet as well as into a Google Map I've developed of all the properties I've assembled. I also started scheduling an internship assessment meeting between Dr. Bruggeman, Bonnie, Helen, and myself for next Friday, July 21st. I took more photographs of properties from the list and included those in the spreadsheet and Google Map as well. In addition to this, I began contemplating ideas for my next outreach project and developed a preliminary plan for that. Finally, I updated myself on all that has gone on in Philadelphia's LGBT Community over the past few weeks.
Prior to my leave last week, I photographed the first of three sections of properties from my list. This week, I went back into the city to photograph the second of these sections. This included photographing former coffee shops popular among LGBTQ Philadelphians, like the Humoresque and the Gilded Cage; Harlow's, a bar opened and operated by Philadelphia trans*celebrity Rachel Harlow; and the former address of acclaimed sculptor Beatrice Fenton. In seeking out and photographing these locations I have come to expect that several of them might no longer have an original structure left behind. This was the case with the Fenton residence, which was seemingly demolished to make room for South Juniper Street. Fenton was born in the early 1880's, so it is not altogether surprising that her childhood home is now gone. I will simply have to search for other places she lived that might still stand.
I had some initial difficulty in learning how to embed an image into an Excel Spreadsheet before it finally dawned on me that you cannot embed an image in a cell, but rather paste a similarly sized image over the cell. Once I realized this the rest came easily. Prior to my initial photography outing the other week I created a Google Map to locate the properties easily on my phone. Since then, I have pasted the sites' narratives and embedded the photographs I have taken onto their respective points. Currently the map serves as a means for me to locate these places when I go to take pictures, but it would be interesting to see if there were something else I could do with it down the road.
As part of the Temple University course that serves as a supplement to my internship I began scheduling a meeting for internship assessment with Dr. Bruggeman, Helen, and Bonnie for next Friday, July 21st. The purpose for this meeting is to discuss and assess how well I have satisfied, at that point, the duties as outlined in my internship contract. I am really looking forward to this meeting, and I believe it will be a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the work I have done thus far with my supervisors, and receive valuable feedback to implement as I move forward in my work on this project.
Over the past few weeks I have continually mulled over possible future outreach projects for me to better engage Philadelphia's LGBTQ community on this project, and hopefully bring some of them on board. I am happy to say I may have finally devised one with, I believe, great potential. The memory mapping project at PrideFest last month received modest, though undoubtedly valuable, participation, but I would love to expand on that. I am developing a proposal for a second memory mapping project to be implemented on a digital platform, possibly using Carto (a mapping program with greater data analyzing capability than Google Maps). My hope is for this to be a follow-up of sorts from PrideFest, taking from that experience and, hopefully, executing a similar concept on a larger scale. I am still considering what my Big Question will be for participants, but I do have access to an audience via social media. This project is still very much in preliminary stages right now, but I plan to have a full proposal established by next week, so stay tuned!
It has been a few weeks since I read up on the current events in Philadelphia's LGBTQ community, so I spent this morning catching up. I have written before about the changes in leadership at the Mazzoni Center, a non-profit healthcare provider for the LGBTQ Community accused of racial bias and sexual misconduct. The former CEO, Nurit Shein, resigned over a few months ago, and this past week the Center's board appointed Stephen Glassman as interim executive director while the board seeks a permanent leader. Glassman is the former executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut, and former chairperson of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. Glassman stated that, "As the Mazzoni Center continues to engage in its critical work for marginalized communities, my focus will be on providing a steady hand, along with effective, transparent, and accountable leadership, during this time of significant transition, in order to usher the organization into its next phase.” He will serve as the interim executive director for the next six to nine months, until the Mazzoni Center board finds a permanent leader to fill the position.