Professional Development Seminar: Facilitating Community Mosaic Projects - hosted by the Society of American Mosaic Artists

Facilitating Community-Based Mosaic Projects
Professional Development Workshop

Artist and educator Laurel True will be presenting a day-long seminar at the Society of American Mosaic Artists Conference, the American Mosaic Summit, in Tacoma/ Seattle this April.

" SAMA’s Education Committee has designed the American Mosaic Summit Educational Program to address three distinct areas of our member’s development as artists: technical mastery, artistic achievement, and career success. …'

This seminar will be of particular benefit to mosaic artists who would like to add a community component to their work, teachers, community organizers and anyone interested in community development and entrepreneurial training through the arts.

This seminar is part of conference programming and is open only to conference attendees.

Facilitating Community-Based Mosaic Projects 
with Laurel True
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Session 1: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Hotel Murano: Cavallino

Cost: $270 (includes $25 materials fee)

Level: Intermediate

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This seminar-style workshop will focus on methodology and techniques for approaching community-based mosaic projects with participants of all ages and skill levels.  Students will come away from this information-packed workshop with the knowledge, skills and confidence to lead and facilitate successful, permanent projects that engage and inspire community.

Workshop will begin with a presentation of successful project models and lecture will include sample pedagogy for including and training community members in the creation of public art. Instructor will cover various approaches to community outreach, design development, sourcing locations and materials and recruiting project participants.

Lecture will include step-by-step instructions with complementary images describing multiple approaches to project coordination, management and creation with a focus on creating permanent artworks specific to host communities; needs, desires and location. Instructor will present mosaic-making approaches and techniques that can be employed with groups with any level of training. Class will focus on best practices for technical construction methods so that projects are durable, safe and long lasting.

Technical resources will be included in extensive class binder.

Additional topics covered will include:
  • Defining project goals and objectives
  • Approaching stakeholders and creating project proposals
  • Project planning, funding and budget creation
  • Project and time management techniques 
  • Working in and outside of a classroom setting
  • Professional development and entrepreneurial training for participants

Laurel will also be giving a presentation at the conference:

Community-Based Mosaics: Public Art and Social Practice
For early risers: 8:30 am on Friday, April 12
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Laurel True
Laurel True is a public artist, educator and community organizer specializing in sculptural and architectural mosaic projects. Her projects are focused mainly in urban and developing areas and she is committed to fostering arts education and entrepreneurship both in and out of the classroom. True is co-founder of the Institute of Mosaic Art in California and has lectured and taught internationally. In addition to maintaining a professional studio practice, True facilitates community-based mosaic projects in the US, Africa and Haiti through her organization, The Global Mosaic Project. Her work has been featured in independent and mainstream media, books and publications. She has created and facilitated hundreds of projects over the last 20 years, training thousands of project participants, students, apprentices and volunteers. She is a member of the Community Built Association, the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Americans for the Arts and the National Art Education