Project Director

As a cultural and digital historian Dr. Moore Pewu’s work encompasses the diverse fields of Black Atlantic studies, architectural history/theory, African and African American studies, and cultural geography. As Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and New Media in History at California State University, Fullerton, Moore Pewu strives to increase public access to vital historical data, and create opportunities for first generation college students within the digital humanities.  Dr. Moore Pewu currently serves as project director for Mapping Arts OC, a public digital humanities project that maps the lives and times of underrepresented artists in Orange County.  She also serves as co-curator and head digital curator of the Restoration and Reunion exhibit in Bridgeport CT, which brings scholars and artist together for the first time to interpret the history of a forgotten nineteenth century African diasporic historic site.

Student Contributors

Ryan Allen is an undergraduate history major from Anaheim, CA with an emphasis on early modern Southeast Asian history.


Ryan Brillhart is an undergraduate history major at CSUF.  In his time at the University he has taken a number of classes on United States history, Mexican history, and Art History, all of which contributed to his broad understanding and analysis of the various messages within the murals.


Lionel Arellano is a history student at California State University Fullerton from nearby Pomona, California.  Prior to CSUF Arellano studied at Mount San Antonio College. Lionel’s interest have continued to lead him into the world of public history and he has worked on several oral history focused projects at the local-history level for Claremont Heritage.


Alex Blaa  is a first year M.A. student at Cal State Fullerton. In addition to coursework, he is a volunteer Docent at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Blaa’s goal is to eventually obtain his Ph.D and become a university professor.


Mariana Bruno received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles with a double major in History & Chicano Studies and a minor in Labor and Workplace Studies.  As a public history graduate student she plans to continue on to graduate school where she will deepen her interests in conducting mixed-method research on collaborative and interdisciplinary projects.  Bruno served as project leader for the mapping arts digital map team and was recently awarded the prestigious CSU Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship.


Jonathan Higbee, is a graduate student working towards his Master of Arts in public history at California State University, Fullerton.  Jonathan’s research interest includes American military history and public history.  Jonathan earned two Associate Degrees at Fullerton Community College in history and liberal arts prior to beginning graduate studies at CSUF.


Katie Horstman is a graduate student from La Crosse, Wisconsin, and holds a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology. She enjoys exploring memory and perception though oral histories for Claremont Heritage, where she helps preserve, enhance, and expand the oral history archive. Katie served as co-coordinator for the walking tour portion of the Mapping Arts OC project.


Tory Ingram is an undergraduate history student at CSUF and is fascinated by the fields of archaeology and culture. Tory contributed to the Mapping OC Arts Project by conducting in depth research on a piece of public art and editing descriptions seen on the Mobile Walking Tour available through the Pocketsights App.


Max Nupen is an undergraduate History major at CSUF.  His research interests involves contacts between different cultures and groups of people.


Carl Privette is a graduate student in the Department of History at California State University, Fullerton. Carl’s historical fields of interest include: U.S. political/foreign policy and economic history from the end of Reconstruction up through the Stock Market Crash of 1929.


Natalie Vandercook is an undergraduate history major with a focus on museum studies. Natalie served as co-coordinator for the walking tour portion of the Mapping Arts OC project.


Scherly Virgill is an oral and public historian working on preserving the histories of Afro-descendants groups in Central America, currently pursuing her M.A. in history.  Scherly served as Art Director for the Mapping Arts OC Coloring Book.


David Wells graduated from Chapman University in 2014 with a BA in both History and French, as well as a minor in Film Studies. At California State University, Fullerton, he contributed to the Mapping Arts OC Project as a History graduate student, with an emphasis in Public History. David hopes to continue preserving meaningful historical material and raise a wider historical awareness in the public sphere through work in a museum or archival setting.


Caroline Young is a former K-5 teacher, currently pursuing an MA in geography at CSUF.  Her research interest include: urban geography, political geography, and environmental justice.  Caroline served as project leader for the Mapping Arts Illustrative Coloring Book.


Additional student contributors:  Cynthia Sanchez, Gabriel Luebben-Rivera, and Bethany Dunlap.

Community Contributors

The Mapping Arts OC project was developed with collaboration, partnership, and service learning   at the forefront. As such, it would not have been possible to implement without the consultation, guidance, encouragement, financial and intellectual support of the following people and institutions:

  • The California Humanities
  • Cal State Fullerton’s Department of History
  • Cal State Fullerton’s Faculty Development Center (FEID Award)
  • Natalie Gharibian, Research Grant Specialist
  • Colleen Green,MLIS Marketing Librarian CSU Fullerton
  • Manuel Escamilla, Santa Ana based Community Archivist and Urban Planner
  • Marytza Rubio, Founder & Executive Director Makara Center for the Arts
  • Dr. Zia Salim, Assistant Professor of Geography, CSU Fullerton
  • Dr. Karen Stocker, Associate Professor of Anthropology, CSU Fullerton
  • Marco Moreno, Graduate Student Cultural Anthropology, CSU Fullerton

The website platform was created by Lara Kirby Pardo and designed and developed in collaboration with Giant Hat.


We have made every attempt to obtain permission for and identify the source of images and documents included in this project. As a project of Blackbird Arts and Research, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our purpose is to share the images and documents free of charge for artistic, educational, research, and general public knowledge purposes. Unless otherwise noted, we do not own the copyright for images and documents used in the project or displayed on the website. No part of this site, including maps, images, documents, or text from this site should be used for any purpose, without consent. If you have more information about an artist, location, image, or document, please contact us at or