I am passionate about Community Art as it engenders a strong community spirit, assists in the facilitation of self esteem, increased motivation, emotional intelligence, working with a variety of people as a team, the celebration of diversity and finally a love of learning (amongst a myriad of other mind-expanding and learning opportunities). Mosaic art is an excellent medium for community projects as it is permanent, able to withstand our harsh climate and an effective medium for beginners. In particular, I enjoy working with children as projects offer an opportunity for self expression in a creative way. If you are interested in some of the ways in which Mosaic Art assists in a child's development, please see this post on my blog. The below contains information for school projects and forms the basis for all community projects I lead and facilitate.
Kim Grant Mosaics provides enrichment programs for the existing skills learned in our schools. The projects offer a tangible learning opportunity whilst also beautifying a school institution. All projects foster creativity, self-expression, the freedom of exploration and community spirit which in turn leads to self-discovery, trust and friendship and gives students an appreciation of art for its own sake. Students are encouraged to express their own voice through the mosaic art medium while also learning how to incorporate that voice in collaboration with their community.
HOW IT WORKS
A residency can run anywhere from 10-20 weeks or at a time frame that suits all parties. I partner up with one to two teachers of the school who usually arrange to take one of my beginner classes. This relationship is important as the community have onus of responsibility to the project, which in turn also fosters ownership. Each project culminates in a permanent outdoor public art project within the community. Typically, I will come on-site for about one hour per week during fabrication stage and guide participants through the creation of their mural. The young artists create sections of their mosaic mural in smaller groups in the classroom. At the point of installation, the teachers and I install the mosaic. If necessary, I may bring in an assistant to help work with the students and teachers on site. Where appropriate, members of the community are also encouraged to join in (eg: when installations run on weekends and particularly for the grouting portion of the project). The final stage of the process is an unveiling ceremony where family, friends, members of the community and press are invited to attend.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Each project will differ as there are individual factors that need to be considered. As a starting point, a design fee and an hourly rate is applied for attendance on site and this will differ with the needs of the project at hand. Site preparation to take the mosaic can either be quoted by me separately or the host may like to arrange for this independently after a needs-assessment has been discussed. A final quote is offered after an initial discussion with the institution to determine the needs of each individual project.
Examples of community projects that I have been invloved with are below, along with a description of my participation.
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Community Projects with Kim as Lead Artist:
Community Projects with Kim as Group Participant: