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.

Middle School students study the drawings of Toyin Odutola, fall 2014

The Mosaic Project is composed of two distinct, yet interconnected components. The Mosaic Project exhibition and the educational programming. Each year two nationally renowned artists are invited to participate in PCA&D’s Mosaic Project. These artists are selected for their commitment to creating high quality artwork, which explores themes of individual and cultural identity.

Now in its eighth year, the 2016 Mosaic Project features  Christian Robinson and  Jamea Richmond-Edwards. The Mosaic Project features a full schedule of special events, free and open to the public.

Fall 2015 mosaic artist Robert Pruitt

Fall 2015 Mosaic Ptoject artist Robert Pruitt with high school students participating in t he program

The educational component of The Mosaic Project is specifically for high school and middle school students. High school students from the city’s School District of Lancaster and the county’s Pequea Valley School District spent a full day at PCA&D on Friday October 2nd with Mosaic Project artist Robert Pruitt and PCA&D faculty and students. Full scholarships are awarded to middle school students to attend PCA&D’s Exploring the Mosaic Project Studio Art Class on Saturdays in October from 10 am- 2 pm. These Middle School students will have the opportunity to meet both of the Mosaic Project artists.

Past Mosaic Project Artists:

The Mosaic Project is coordinated by Marnie Benney, PCA&D Gallery Director.