Monday, February 21, 2011

Thank You for Supporting the Mosaic Artwork Fund for Mirebalais Hospital, Haiti

Mosaic Artwork Fund for

Mosaic Public Art at Mirebalais Hospital, Haiti

Laurel True/ True Mosaics Studio are Partnering with Partners in Health to bring public mosaic artwork for all to enjoy to PIH's newest hospital in Haiti. Please consider supporting this fund with a tax- deductible donation of any amount through Partners in Health. Donate now: For more information: For information on sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please see below:

Mosaic Artwork at Mirebalais Hospital, Haiti

Hello from Laurel True and thank you for your interest in my public and community mosaic projects.

I hope you will consider supporting my upcoming project in Haiti by becoming a sponsor at the Architect, Engineer or Builder Donor Levels. There are unique benefits for each sponsorship level.

I have been creating public art and community mosaic projects for twenty years and have worked in the United States, Africa and Haiti.

This year I am launching into an exciting artistic partnership with Partners in Health to develop a series of large -scale architectural and sculptural mosaic projects in a new hospital being built by PIH while training Haitian trades people in these techniques.

Your donations make these projects happen!

Art and healing environments go hand in hand and I am excited to work with PIH and their sister organization in Haiti, Zanmi Lasante to create mosaic artwork that will inspire, sooth and provide joy to hospital patients, visitors and staff.


To become a sponsor and make a tax-deductible donation to this project please contact me at or visit and click on International Projects.

Thank you for supporting mosaic public art and healing

- Laurel True

Mosaic Artwork at Mirebalais Hospital, Haiti

“Laurel True's wonderful murals will be part of our new hospital in Mirebalais, a complex designed to be as beautiful as it is functional: to confer dignity alongside the fruits of modern medicine. The people who will seek and offer care at Mirebalais will share a built environment created to transform the community it serves. We are grateful to True Mosaics and to the art community for making possible this important work in Haiti.”

-Dr. Paul Farmer, Co-Founder Partners in Health

Partners in Health (PIH) is a non-profit public health organization dedicated to providing free and ongoing health care to patients living in poverty. They have been working in Haiti for almost 25 years and now work in 11 other countries.

Partners in Health is currently in the process of responding to the current healthcare crisis in Haiti by building a state -of- the- art teaching hospital in Mirebalais, located about 35 miles north of Port au Prince.

Mirebalais Hospital will be the largest hospital in Haiti, serving hundreds of patients a day in one of Haiti's poorest regions, with it’s opening planned for 2012.

For more information on PIH, please visit the Partners in Health Website:

Fe Tout Byen Ou Kapab (Do All That You Can)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Nick News Profiles Our Mosaic Project in Jacmel

This is just a wonderful piece put together by Lucky Duck Productions for Nick News on Nickelodeon. It aired on January 9th, 2011 and focuses on the effects of the earthquake from the perspective of Haitian kids.

It is 22 minutes long and well worth it. The piece ends with a profile on the Memorial Mosaic Wall Project I facilitated on in Jacmel in partnership with Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC) and several of the kids are interviewed.

It is a true testimony of the healing power of art and the metaphors inherent in community mosaic making.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Jacmel Memorial Mosaic Wall- Haiti through January 2011

Some of the ACFFC kids, George Metellus (Director) and myself.

Although I have not been keeping up well with the blog, there has been a lot going on with the Jacmel Mosaic Project. Since my last post I spent time again in Jacmel in October 2010 to work with the kids of Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC) and returned again in January 2011 for the anniversary of the earthquake.

ACFFC hosted a beautiful dedication ceremony and we worked on a huge chunk of the 200+ foot wall we started in October. (We did two other murals in June and August, see post below).

I have posted photos from the June, August, October and January chunks of the project on my True Mosaics Studio Facebook page and will list links below.

Jacmel Memorial Mosaic Wall Project June 2010: Tree of Life!/album.php?aid=185811&id=276758323289

Jacmel Memorial Mosaic Wall Project August 2010: Sea Spirits:!/album.php?aid=207013&id=276758323289

Jacmel Memorial Mosaic Wall Project October 2010: Flora and Fauna of Haiti:!/album.php?aid=250731&id=276758323289

Jacmel Memorial Mosaic Wall Project January t 2011: Jacmel Karnival:!/album.php?aid=281211&id=276758323289

Plenty of images with descriptions on FB ;)

In Jacmel this January, our goal was to finish the 1750 sq ft project by January 12th (the anniversary of the earthquake) but we ran out of colored tile as four large boxes that I sent were lost/ delayed (now found!).

So the kids will finish the last chunk of the wall as soon as the colors arrive. I have a whole host of people to thank for tile, materials and for their generous donations which have made it possible for me to facilitate these projects in Haiti.

Will do so in next post.

What's next for the Mosaic Program at ACFFC in Jacmel?

I will be working with the kids (either virtually or physically, depending on funding) to train them further in professional setting techniques and guide them into the world of mosaics as a business. We are hoping to have the kids do several starter/ practice projects in Jacmel first.

ACFFC board member and fellow artist, and I organized a "Pro Team" of about 12-13 of the older teens/ young adults to move forwards into this next phase.

We are still accepting colored tile donations (ceramic tile) and if you are interested in sending colored tile to the ACFFC Miami office in a flat rate box, please do so to this address: