Evangeline Sheridan, MLA 2019
Organization: Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
Sponsor: Doebele Community Service Fellowship
“For the last few weeks, I have had the pleasure of working one-on-one with Heidi, one of the Story Maps Fellows. This time has been a fruitful effort to help Heidi narrow down her topic. Heidi has been shifting her focus from Santa Fe Parks to Santa Fe Memorials, a small subset of the parks department. She has gathered data on each of these memorials, categorizing them by different characteristics, scuh as gender. I was able to take this information and find the locations of memorials in Santa Fe, charting them out on a new map. This allowed us to think about different ways to visualize the data she had compiled.
I proceeded to map out density using a Kernel Density function in ArcGIS, showing us that the greatest density of monuments is located primarily in the tourist district, near the plaza. I next made a map highlighting the different genders that might be represented by each memorial. Finally, I created two maps depicting memorials with a single origin and those with multiple origins. Thinking about these maps and the concept of who is being represented by Santa Fe Memorials, Heidi has narrowed her focus to Native People and their representation. Though many are contested, the number of memorials dedicated to Native Peoples is minimal. Further, in a city surrounded by numerous tribes and pueblos, the representation does not match the constituency. I am proud and happy to have helped Heidi through this process during my internship.”