The significance of art in the lives of our youth cannot be underestimated.
Yet, just when research is finally emerging that supports this, budget cuts and curricular demands are threatening the foundation of creativity in our public schools. In order to fill that gap as well as enrich the community, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design developed the Mosaic Project, a multicultural exhibition and education program for students and families in Lancaster County.
This project began in 2009 with funding from the Lancaster County Community Foundation. In 2011 PCA&D made a commitment to the future of the Mosaic Project and has taken on the responsibility of sustaining and funding this important community-based project.
The Mosaic Project is composed of two distinct, yet interconnected components. The Mosaic Project exhibition and the educational Mosaic Project Middle School and High School programming.
We are recently completed our fifth year of the Mosaic Project. An exhibit of works by artists Laylah Ali and Gerald Cyrus was open to the public Sept. 6 - Oct. 26. Artist talks and meet the artist receptions were featured on September 6 and October 4.
The 2012 Mosaic Project artists were R. Gregory Christie and Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia. The exhibit opened to the public on Lancaster's First Friday, October 5 with an artist talk and gallery reception with Hurtado Segovia; and again on November 2 with an artist talk, book signing and gallery reception for Christie.
Mosaic Project 2011 featured artists Raul Colón and Amy Sherald. It opened to the public on October 7, 2011 with a First Friday reception which was attended by nearly 1000 visitors. The show featured 20 richly-colored and intricately-composed illustrations by Colón and seven large scale, symbolic and realistic portrait paintings by Sherald. Both artists presented public lectures on their work, which were attended by local high school students and community members. The artists also met and worked with middle-school Mosaic Scholarship students. See photos below.
The Mosaic Project is coordinated by Heidi Leitzke, PCA&D Gallery Director.