Workshops at American Mosaic Summit in Boston

Session 2A: Tuesday, March 13th, 2018, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Session 2B: Wednesday, March 14th, 2018, 8:00am – 5:00pm
All Levels
Price: $315.00 (Includes $20.00 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 the 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.

The 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.