Past Meetup

Let's make some printed maps! Printed Maps you say? I read about those online!!

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Joan Palevsky Center

281 S. Figueroa St. Unit 100 · Los Angeles, ca

How to find us

We're meeting at the Joan Palvesky Center for the Future of Los Angeles at the California Community Foundation. First Floor of building 281, near the outdoor fountain.

Location image of event venue


Are you active in your community and wished you had a map to share and talk about your neighborhood? What if you needed the map to be poster sized and wanted to use it as a discussion piece for others to chime in on? Or maybe you just happened to make a beautiful mistake and made a map that looks really cool?

Well, come on over and learn how! On Thursday, February 28th and we'll learn how to use QGIS (a free Geospatial Information System) and explore how we can get open data, load them up and create layouts for the printed maps we'll need for our community!

We're meeting at the California Community Foundation's Joan Palevsky Center. The Foundation is home to our host, LA COUNTS! (, a resource of data and stories "for all of the publicly available data to support the efforts of policymakers, advocates and other change agents." It exists "to make data about the region as accessible, transparent and accountable."

See you there!!

• A laptop for the workshop.

• QGIS (
Mac and Windows installation files are here ( If you're unable to install it, don't worry we'll help you the day of, just come early between 6:00 and 6:30pm.

Available in and around the The Park DTLA. CCF visitors and meeting attendees who park in the Figueroa Courtyard structure may have their parking tickets validated in the Palevsky Center to pay a reduced fee ($14.50, cash or credit card) upon exiting the parking structure.

All-day parking for $6.50 is available in an open parking lot at the corner of 2nd and Beaudry Streets, one block west of the Figueroa Courtyard.

Metered street parking for up to four (4) hours is available on 2nd Street, west of Figueroa

•Public Transportation
The Palevsky Center in The Park DTLA is easily accessible by the DASH Bus “A” line. Heading north on Figueroa off at 3rd Street and cross the street. Heading south get off at 2nd Street and walk one block south to the main entrance. Note that it stops running after 7pm.

METRO & Bike Parking
The complex is five blocks from the 7th Street and Figueroa Metro Center station. Exit the station and walk north on Figueroa to the main entrance, or take DASH Bus “A”.

Bike racks are available on site. Metro Bike Share Racks are available on 2nd St and Figueroa.


Maptime is, rather literally, time for mapmaking. Our mission is to open the doors of cartographic possibility to anyone interested by creating a time and space for collaborative learning, exploration, and map creation using mapping tools and technologies.

This open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge offers intentional support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for workshops and for independent/collaborative work time.

Inspiration for Maptime comes from both hack nights and knitting circles. Both are models of spaces for people to create and learn together. Our goal is to provide this space with an open heart and without pretension. You can bring your own projects to work on, or just hang out and socialize or ask questions. Some people are experts, and some people are just getting started, but all of us are learning, so why not do it together?

Maptime is hands-on, so don't forget to bring your laptop! If you have an extra laptop, bring that too (in case some people forget to bring theirs).