$980
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 4 2010 8:46 PM UTC +00:00
$980
pledged of $3,200pledged of $3,200 goal
14
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 4 2010 8:46 PM UTC +00:00

About

Jacmel Mosaic Mural Project
Remembering Loss, Celebrating Future

I am seeking funding to help support a unique project that I have working on with youth and young adults in Haiti; a large public art project involving the creation of multi- phased community mosaic mural located in the city of Jacmel.

Jacmel is a historic town about 30 miles south of Port au Prince, known for its architecture and vibrant artistic culture. Jacmel was damaged badly by the tragic earthquake in January- lives were lost as well as many homes and businesses. Tent cities abound and many people are lacking basic resources, jobs and the means to support their families.

I have been creating public art and facilitating community mosaic projects for almost 20 years, partnering with different organizations and focusing my projects in urban and developing areas. For the Jacmel Mosaic Wall Project, I am working in partnership with Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC) in Jacmel.

ACFFC has been working in Jacmel for almost ten years to provide youth with arts education, a food program, health care, family support and entrepreneurial training in the arts.

In June and August of this year, I traveled to Haiti with assistant Erin Rogers to work with over 60 youth and young adults to design and create two large- scale, public mosaic murals

The first mural -Phase One of the Jacmal Mosaic Mural Project- was successfully funded through Kickstarter! and depicts an ancestral tree with birds, musical instruments and a sun/ moon which wraps around the corner to the adjacent wall. It is meant to serve as a memorial for the lives lost as a result of the earthquake as well as an affirmation for growth and future rebuilding in Haiti. There are a dozen little shelves for candles embedded in the mosaic, which were lit up on the evening we completed the mural.

Phase Two of the Project happened in August and included the design and creation of a second mosaic mural, Sea Spirits, which depicts sea life and sea spirits of Haiti.
My participation as project leader, facilitator and co- designer for the second mural project was self funded.

Both murals were created from mostly gathered and locally sourced materials including broken tile donated from a company (Mosaiques Gardere) in Port au Prince, shells, stones, mirror, sea glass and salvaged materials.

The Jacmel Mosaic Mural Project focuses on skill- building and mosaic training for youth and young adults so that they may use these skills for future entrepreneurial development and serves as the beginning of a sustainable mosaic art program at ACFFC.

My role during Phase Two was not only to lead and facilitate the creation of the mural project (with Erin assisting once again) and arrange the design elements, but also to work specifically with a core group of team leaders and train them so that eventually they will take over more and more project leadership, management and implementation. This is key in entrepreneurial training for larger projects.

In addition to the above, it was a very special project and literally hundreds of people have come to watch the mural come to life over the summer with much community support. The kids on the project, already artists themselves, were so cool and took right to the mosaic medium. They were so proud of what they had created for their town.

The Jacmel Mayor Edwin Zenny is in support of the continuing project to help re-affirm Jacmel as the artistic center and tourist destination it has historically been. He showed this support by offering a very large wall on which to continue the Jacmel Mosaic Mural Project.

Phase Three of the Jacmel Mosaic Mural Project will be created on this wall which extends 212' feet down the road towards the center of town. The kids are up for the challenge and I was so impressed at how they stepped forwards and took different roles. I am so proud of them.

Phase Three (roughly 1300 sq ft) will be executed in multiple parts through the end of the year, depicting scenes of historic Jacmel, a Karnival procession (which Jacmel is famous for) and stylized flora and fauna of the region. It will be a true celebration of Jacmel and Haiti in the form of a wonderful piece of public art, viewable to everyone.

I will return to Jacmel in October and again in the winter to continue to guide ACFFC youth through Phase Three of this challenging and amazing project. They are excited and up for it. Their goal is to finish the mosaic wall project and to "gift" it to the city of Jacmel . There will be a dedication ceremony on the anniversary of the earthquake in January 2011.

I am seeing support through Kickstarter to cover expenses related to my participation in Phase Three of the Jacmel Mosaic Wall Project. This includes basic costs for two trips including: transportation, basic room and board, ceramic tile and glass materials for project, supplementary tools and supplies, project documentation and a very small stipend.

Thank you so much to those who have already contributed to this ongoing project!
Over 100 people have donated to Phase One and Two of this project.

Your past and continued support is so appreciated!

Impact of this project so far:
* Over 60 kids and young adults learned skills in making permanent mosaics from start to finish. Counting community observers, there were literally hundreds of people involved in this project.

* Many local community members expressed an interest in building a business doing mosaic work.

* The area where the mosaic wall is will become of focal point for tourism in Jacmel.

* Project donations bought a dozen sets of professional mosaic tools that were donated to the ACFFC program

* Several commission opportunities have come out of this project and I will be training ACFFC young adults in building their commissions business over the coming months.

* We liaisoned with other Jacmel- based arts groups, including FOSAJ.

* Everyone had a really good time and chose to focus most on the healing aspects of the murals as symbols of growth, re- growth and community

Quotes from people living and working in Jacmel:

“I just visited the mural this morning..... Beautiful work in progress. It will be a treasure for quake remembrance and for Jacmel artisan revival.”

"I am astounded by the response of our ACFFC children/youth to the process of working with mosaic and to the idea of creating a public place for both remembrance and celebration of life....The officials in Jacmel are appreciative and understand the power of public art as contributory to the spirit of residents and also to tourism."

- ACFFC President Judy Hoffman

For more info:
http://www.truemosaics.com/ghana.html

and for even more info:
http://truemosaicsstudio.blogspot.com/

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