In 2014, Youth Arts Alliance! launched it’s Music, Mural, Mosaic Project! to create public art in workshops facilitated by established artist activists in the Michigan region. The mosaic portion of the project took place in Southeast Michigan juvenile detention facilities as well as in the Livingston County Juvenile Court. The youth created large-scale works that were installed in these facilities. Many of the youth commented on the cathartic experience of breaking glass as well as the joy of creating beautiful designs and patterns for people to appreciate, particularly for those who are experiencing the stress of the Juvenile Justice System.
THE MOSAIC WORKSHOP ARTIST ACTIVISTS
Susan Buchan is a mosaic artist and educator based in Ann Arbor Michigan. She has exhibited her individual works and collaborations in galleries and public buildings and has shared her experience with youth in collaborative large-scale mosaic projects.
Gail Christofferson, founder of Animal House Glass, has been producing works of art in glass, conducting workshops, and leading community mural projects for many years. Built from unique and dynamic shapes and colors, it is her belief that mosaic art echoes the spirit of a diverse yet unified community. She is committed to this medium of community-based art which can be a vehicle for social change by empowering participants, transforming environments and contributing to collective healing. An outlet for personal expression and lifting spirits, mosaic art is a very accessible art form in which participants find affirmation through the process of creating, making and building. Christofferson’s public art projects are installed in several venues in the Midwest, including the Lorain Ohio Library, The Victory Center, Waterville Library Community Mosaic, Monroe County Youth Center, Jackson County Youth Center, among other places.