Creative Place-making with Mosaics


Taught by public artist and Global Mosaic Project founder Laurel True, this 4-week class will focus on methodology and techniques for approaching creative placemaking projects, specifically focusing on community-based mosaics. Students will learn strategies for engaging community and design development, project planning and execution, training methods, and project facilitation and management. Additional subjects covered in workshop include: sourcing materials and project locations, and technical best practices. As part of the workshop, students will experience the group mosaic-making processes through demonstrations hands-on practice which will include the creation and installation of mosaic components for exterior wall of NSP. This workshop will be of particular benefit to mosaic artists, teachers, community organizers and anyone interested in community development through the arts.


Laurel True

New Orleans based artist Laurel True has spent much of her life traveling and teaching around the world. Her work explores the intersection of public and personal perception through creative placemaking and community-based street art. True uses mirror, ceramic, glass and salvaged materials to create architectural installations, mosaic murals and sculptural forms for commercial, community and public spaces. The co-founder of the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland, California she has fostered education in the mosaic arts through teaching and speaking around the world. She is Founding Director of The Global Mosaic Project, which provides art education and entrepreneurial training to underserved communities in urban and developing areas through socially engaged art with 200 projects globally that contribute to environmental beautification, economic and community development, well-being and social justice.