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Funding Unsuccessful
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About

Mosaic Sculpture Project -

What is Our Concept of Home and Community?

The video above depicts excerpts from a documentary of our last teen project – a mural dedicated to three Somali men shot and killed by two Somali teen gang members in 2010. The teen participants were part of a community healing process.    

This summer we are creating a sculpture, which is new to us, so we are excited to get started. The working name is “What is Home and Community?” This sculpture will be a mosaic in the shape of a small house that will function as a Gateway piece into the neighborhood located at Fire Station #7 on East Franklin Avenue in Seward community, south Minneapolis. Our lead artist this time will be Connie Cohen, who has also had extensive experience working on public art projects. Though we are focused on working with a team of about twelve youth (ages 14 to 19), the involvement of adult community members and artists is welcomed and encouraged. 

The project gives teens an opportunity to participate in something truly unique while gaining important life skills through a memorable experience. The outcome for them is something tangible and long-lasting that will be a great source of pride. What we at ArtiCulture find rewarding is how the teens bond over time in ways that go beyond the project; that they start understanding how all the parts of their labor fit together in the process of completing the creative project; and that they start to personally feel how their participation becomes part of something bigger than its individual parts.   

For this project we received a $9500 Community Connections grant in 2011, in partnership with Seward Neighborhood Group and Redesign, but had to postpone without the expected matching funds. This spring an anonymous donor gave us the $5000 match needed. We can pay our lead artist and purchase mosaic supplies. We are now turning to you for the last $9000 to help with the costs of a professional metal worker to build and install the armature and base. We consider our teens to be working artists and want to give them stipends for their hard work. Once the materials and installation costs are covered, funds remaining will be distributed amongst the youth and will be used for a final public dedication celebration after completion.    

As donors you become part of this community project! Please join us and help us reach our goal!

In addition, we welcome our community of donors to come and see the work in process, and, if you are interested, we invite you to participate with our teens to actually make the mosaic! You can check story updates at ArtiCulture's Facebook page and on our community projects page at our website.

Thank you!                                                                                        From the ArtiCulture Staff

Connie Cohen
Connie Cohen

Risks and challenges

Unfortunately we are working on a very short timeline. With funding delayed and coming through at the last minute we have had to work very quickly to get the project up and running. Luckily, there is a strong commitment to make it happen. We already have a dedicated core group of teens and adults diligently working to get the project going.

If we are not successful with this Kickstarter funding we are still dedicated to making this project happen. Without this funding, however, we will not be able to reward the teens with stipends for their work, and overhead costs for this project will not be covered. We will attempt to make up the overhead through other funding avenues and work towards finding youth stipend funding for future projects.

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    All the above and a small object(s) of your choice, able to withstand weather and approved by artistic team, placed in mosaic design.

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