Mosaic Art Makes a Difference in Haiti
May 15, 2011
Laurel True is an artist and educator with twenty
years experience making and facilitating public and community-based
mosaic art in the US, Africa and most recently in Haiti.
In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Laurel
True partnered with the organization Art Creation Foundation
For Children (ACFFC) in Jacmel to facilitate the creation
of a large community mosaic project with over 75 young people, as
a memorial for the lives lost in the earthquake and as an affirmation
of growth, rebuilding and cultural values.
Over four trips to Haiti True trained young people and adults
in mosaic-making techniques for both murals and small, saleable
objects, eventually stepping out as facilitator and becoming a consultant
and advisor as the project progressed. The almost 300 foot-long
Jacmel Memorial Mosaic Wall was dedicated on January 12, 2011, the
anniversary of the earthquake.
As a result of this project a core group of ACFFC young people
have launched a mosaic team that has to date received two architectural
mosaic commissions, have started documenting their work for future
portfolios and have made over 60 mosaic bottles, which will be sold
in galleries and museum shops in the US.
True’s next project in Haiti will be with public health organization
Partners In Health, which has has been doing good
work in Haiti for almost 25 years. PIH is in the process of building
one of the largest hospitals in Haiti, which will be located in
Mirebalais to serve the destitute poor in Haiti's central region.
True will be partnering with PIH and their sister organization
Zanme Lasante to bring mosaic artwork to the hospital, offering
a creative respite for hospital patients, visitors and staff.
Concepts are being developed for four mosaic projects that will
have high visual impact in and around the busy hospital, and True
will be training a team of Haitian adults to work with her on those
projects. The training will include precision setting techniques
that True employs on professional commissioned work, and specific
sculptural and mural-making techniques that she teaches to adult
artists and students in the States.
To come full circle, True will be bringing several teenagers from
Jacmel who are part of the core ACFFC mosaic team up to Mirebalais
to assist her and to learn these advanced techniques.
True and Partners In Health have fundraising efforts going on to
raise money for the creation of the hospital mosaic projects through
the Mosaic Artwork Fund for Mirebalais Hospital. The Fund is currently
about a quarter of the way to the funding goal and they are actively
seeking sponsors and tax-deductible donations for the Mosaics at
The mosaic projects are scheduled to start in the fall and the
hospital will be open by January 2012.
True will be doing a lecture tour as a fundraiser for the Mosaic
Artwork Fund for Mirebalais, which she will be presenting in several
US cities including: New Orleans, Charlotte, NC, Philadelphia, New
York, Oakland and Seattle.
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Laurel True is a public artist, educator and community
organizer specializing in large-scale and site-specific mosaic projects.
Her projects are focused mainly in urban and developing areas and
she is committed to fostering arts education and entrepreneurship
both in and out of the classroom. True is co-founder of the Institute
of Mosaic Art in California and has lectured and taught internationally.
Her work has been featured in independent and mainstream media,
books and publications. She has created and facilitated over a hundred
projects over the last 20 years. She is a member of the Community
Built Association, the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Americans
for the Arts and the National Art Education Association.
Contact: Laurel True / Laurel@TrueMosaics.com
True Mosaics Studio
Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Mosaic
for Mirebalais Hospital, Haiti, through Partners in Health