Keys For Successful Community Mosaic Projects with Laurel True
Session 1: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Price: $320 (Includes $25 Materials Fee)
In this content-rich workshop, artist and community builder Laurel True presents a distillation of strategies and techniques for project organization, management and execution gleaned over her 25 years as a public artist specializing in community-based mosaic work.
Laurel delivers hard-won information and advice in an accessible way, using real-world examples of community projects she has facilitated in diverse communities, with participants of all ages and skill levels.
Multiple approaches to participant training, community engagement, design development, and project creation will be presented using several project models that range from the very planned and organized to very renegade and free-flowing.
Project models will include mosaic murals and elements made using off-site creation methods such as Tile Tape and mesh, projects set directly onto interior and exterior walls, and smaller component projects with lower time commitments that are flexible in terms of portability and permanence.
Students will gain an understanding of what structure and creation approaches are best for projects with differing timelines, budgets, and levels of community participation.
This workshop will also offer an overview of:
- Proposals, project goals and objectives
- Community partners and outreach
- Managing low-resource projects, sourcing materials
- Community-based fundraising models
- Overview of best practices for technical construction methods
- Basic budget creation
- Fostering a positive experience for participants
This session should be of particular benefit to those interested in learning how to organize and/or create mosaic murals/ projects with community participation, mosaic artists, teachers, community organizers and anyone interested in community development through the arts.
Laurel True is an artist and educator specializing in creative placemaking. Over the past 25 years, she has designed, created and facilitated hundreds of projects for hospitals, parks, commercial, residential and public spaces in the US, Haiti, Africa, Europe, Turkey, and Latin America.
In addition to running a professional production studio, True is the Founding Director of The Global Mosaic Project, which provides art education and entrepreneurial training to underserved communities in urban and developing areas.
She has trained thousands of project participants, students, and volunteers, and provides professional development training to artists, tradespeople and arts entrepreneurs.
True co-founded the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland, California, a pioneering mosaic education and resource center, and continues to foster education in the mosaic arts through teaching and lecturing around the world. TrueMosaics.com
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