Create collaborative designs for a community Mosaic Sculpture Playground and Mosaic Training Center to be located in Nungua, Ghana, West Africa.
Hello, my name is Laurel True and I'm a mosaic artist and educator seeking funding to kick-start the development of a mosaic sculpture playground and Training Center in Ghana, West Africa
I have been creating site- specific public and community- based artworks for almost 20 years. I focus specifically in under-served areas of Oakland, CA and New Orleans, LA, where I divide my residency.
I have been traveling to Ghana for over 20 years and facilitating community mosaic mural projects specifically for the past 8 years. All of these projects have been over 90% self- funded and have involved Ghanaian youth, teachers, trades people, market women, mothers, fathers, families and the occasional passers-by. I have made lasting friendships and close associations with many people in Nungua.
I will be traveling to Nungua in March 2010 to develop designs through a collaborative process with Ghanaian sculptors and mosaic artists for a community playground that will include mosaic benches and sculptural mosaic forms inspired by local folklore.
The Woven Stories Sculpture Playground will be unique in Ghana and will serve as a gathering place for community in Nungua, a seaside town outside of the country’s capitol of Accra. The playground will be part of a larger project I have been working on since 2006 called the Woven Stories Project, which highlights collaboration between youth in Africa and the US.
I will also begin the on- site planning phase for a Mosaic Arts Training Center, which will be attached to the playground.
Over the years, many students and teachers and trades people have expressed an interest in learning mosaic skills and I have regularly offered specific technique workshops for these groups in addition to facilitating mosaic mural projects open to all.
In my teaching practice in the US, I offer business development classes through the Institute of Mosaic Art which I co- founded in 2005 and serves as a leader in mosaic education in North America. I see mosaic as an art form that is equally viable as an entrepreneurial skill towards economic development as well as arts education.
In the community projects I facilitate I value fostering creative expression while including viable job training. I believe everyone has endless resources of "creative capital" — an enthusiasm to learn coupled with new skills can often transfer into economic opportunity. One example is a pair of my young students in Ghana, who have gone on to start their own small business as mosaic artists to help contribute to their own school fees and their families’ economy.
The training academy will provide inspiration and resource materials in the mosaic arts and free or subsidized classes and workshops for Ghanaians and visitors to Ghana. Workshops will focus not only on technique, but also business and entrepreneurial development with workshops in portfolio and resume development, self-promotion and business contracts for artwork.
Thank you for your support for phase one of this project. Funds raised through Kickstarter will be used for travel expenses, design fees for Ghanaian design team, support and scouting, materials, project documentation and small stipends for core Ghanaian artists and trades people during Phase One.
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