Laurel True is a public artist, educator and community organizer. Through her company, True Mosaics Studio, she specializes in sculptural and architectural mosaic projects.
In addition to maintaining a professional studio practice, True facilitates community-based mosaic projects in the US, Africa, Latin America and Haiti through her organization, The Global Mosaic Project.
True teaches and lectures internationally and is co-founder of the Institute of Mosaic Art.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
January 2013 Newsletter
Happy New Year!
I wanted to send out an end of year newsletter that would include a
short recap of my projects and activities in 2012, and to let you know
what is on tap for 2013!
Mirebalais Hospital Projects in Haiti
This past year was largely defined by my partnership with public health organization Partners In Health, and I spent much of the year in Haiti.
Over the last 12 months, I worked with a team of Haitian artists,
who I trained in mosaic techniques, to create a wonderful series of
architectural mosaics for Partners In Health's newly built Mirebalais
Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti. Phase One
of the project included the creation of a large mosaic mural and mosaic
pavement inset in the entry of the hospital, and a seating area outside
the Community Health waiting area. Here is a cool story from PIH website about these projects.
included an epic project which covers the Pediatric Ward and attached
Children's Playroom with colorful mosaics inspired by children's
drawings. Over 100 artists contributed to this project by making mosaic
stars, birds, butterflies and fish for different areas of the ward and
playroom. Almost 80 drawings by Haitian and American schoolchildren were
used in the project, which included 12 mosaic murals, two entryway
surrounds, two exit surrounds, a hallway connecting two sections of the
ward and over 50 mosaic birds and butterflies floating up in between the
beds and windows. I am so proud of my Haitian Ekip (Team) and so
grateful to all the artists who participated with us!
These projects were funded through community-driven fundraising...Amazing!
A heartfelt THANK YOU to all those who participated in designing,
making, funding, promoting, blogging about and otherwise supporting
A very special thank you to Seattle Mosaic Arts for their significant contributions to the project, to Heath Ceramics for donating much of the tile and to Ecole de Choix and Sunnyside Schools and art teachers Blondel Joseph and Lois Keller for facilitating the children's drawing sessions.
See more images on the Mosaics for Mirebalais Hospital Facebook page.
One of the legacies of this project was the creation of the
Mirebalais Mosaic Collective, made up of the guys I trained during these
projects. Through their new collective we have begun to create
commissioned projects for clients in the United States and in Haiti!
The Global Mosaic Project
much of my public art practice has largely taken on a community-based
approach, I decided to continue this work under the auspices of The
Global Mosaic Project. The Global Mosaic Project partners with other
organizations and businesses for various projects which bring art
education, entrepreneurial training and neighborhood beautification to
communities around the globe.
My aim is to get public art out into the world, especially in
developing and urban areas, and to foster creative expression through
cross-cultural, community-based projects and programs.
The Global Mosaic Project has been BUSY this past year!
In addition to the projects at Mirebalais Hospital, Global Mosaic
Projects were also created for the New Orleans Healing Center, Dalton
School, Brooklyn Community School, Seattle Mosaic Arts, Timkatec
Orphanage in partnership with Sow A Seed in Haiti, multiple projects
with Art Creation Foundation For Children in Jacmel and more.
I have been working with Art Creation Foundation For Children in Haiti on a
project called Mosaique Jacmel, an ongoing project which has involves
the creation of large-scale mosaic murals throughout the city of
Jacmel. Through my role as lead consultant and project facilitator for
Mosaique Jacmel, I have continued to train youth in mosaic techniques,
offer professional development training and create new programs for
craft development and product design.
New programs in 2013 for The Global Mosaic Project include the
development of the Studio Program at ACFFC, focusing on entrepreneurial
training for young adults transitioning into the workforce.
2013 Global Mosaic Projects include
Projects in Mirebalais, Jacmel and Port au Prince, Haiti, New Orleans, Central America and India...
We are actively fundraising for many of these projects!
To support the Global Mosaic Project's 2013 programs and projects, please consider an end-of-year donation.
It is through donations that our projects are subsidized, so we
don't have to rely on funding being squeezed out of the already
stretched organizations we partner with. Our projects have a major
impact in communities we work in. (You can earmark your donation for a
specific project, or donate to our general fund.)
Here is a convenient link to DONATE through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Altas.
Announcing the launch of Global Mosaic Project Tours
The Global Mosaic Project will be partnering with several
sustainable tour companies in the upcoming year to host destination
community mosaic projects in locations around the globe.
Combining mosaic making and voluntourism, Global Mosaic Project
Tours offer a chance for participants to contribute to the enhancement
of the visual landscape of our world through the creation of
community-based public art.
This past year True Mosaics Studio created commissioned projects
for Gregangelo's Velocity Circus in San Francisco, ABC Veterinary Clinic
in San Ramon, CA and several private commissions. I am currently
working on designs for a mosaic mural at Ochsner Children's Hospital in
New Orleans in collaboration with ceramic artist Jan Bear.
I offer educational programming in mosaic techniques and offer
professional development seminars both nationally and internationally.
Here's what on the schedule so far for 2013:
Mosaic Classes with Laurel True
New Orleans School of Art and Craft
January 26-27 Tools and Techniques For Mosaics (Intermediate)