THE POWER OF ART: BUILDING CREATIVE CAPITAL THROUGH COMMUNITY MOSAICS: Laurel True’s Community Mosaic Projects in the US, Africa and Haiti

Instructor: Laurel True

Dates/Times: Dates and times of next class TBA - please call or send us an email if you're interested in taking this course.


This is a fundraiser for the Mosaic Artwork Fund at Mirebalais Hospital, Haiti and there will be a sliding scale admission fee.


Description: During this inspiring presentation, longtime community mosaic artist Laurel True will present images of numerous community mosaic projects she has facilitated nationally and internationally over the last 18 years in the US, Kenya, Ghana and Haiti.


This first-time offered lecture presentation showcases the power of art and how community mosaics can transform lives and the environments in which they are sited.


Project documentation from a variety of projects will highlight both the community process and resulting public projects. Laurel's process working with community ranges from renegade street art to organized programming through schools and community centers. She partners with non-profit and community organizations to develop unique projects that reflect the individuals who create them as well as the communities that surround them.


Through community supported fundraising, Laurel has been able to teach and train hundreds of project participants including youth, adults, trades people and teachers in mosaic techniques.


Her efforts have brought arts education and entrepreneurial training to underserved communities in urban and developing areas. These projects foster creative expression, teamwork, neighborhood beautification and community development through public, permanent, community based art.


Laurel will talk about the short and long-term effects of resulting projects in public spaces, parks, hospitals and schools and share her development plans for future projects in Haiti.


Please visit: for more information on Laurel True's community mosaic projects at Mirebalais Hospital in Haiti.


Cost: Sliding Scale $10 - $40


Kefa Mural, Design and facilitation by Laurel True, production by Mural Making intensive students, Institute of Mosaic Art, Oakland, CA


Mural at Lower Ninth Ward Village, New Orleans, 2010


Ngong Hills Mural, Steiner School, Mbagathi, Kenya, 2009


Young mosaic students in Ghana, 2007


Jacmel Mosaic Mural ACFFC, Jacmel, Haiti