Community-Based Art

Amazing Grace Mosaic Project

The young artists who participated in this project arrived every Sunday for four months to painstakingly piece together their design for a 7ft cross; a garden and labyrinth to represent their community, symbols for communion and baptism to represent their church, and a sun and the Chi Rho symbol to represent God. It is a testament to the creativity, optimism, and faith of these young people despite their constant exposure to shootings, break-ins, drugs, and gangs. The mosaic is permanently displayed where it was created, at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Watch the Mosaic Project video!

Education Opens Doors

This mural was designed in conjunction with the staff at the James R. Ganley Elementary School in Juarez, Mexico to represent how education can open doors of opportunity. Students from the school and team members from Muhlenberg College helped paint the mural. Since it was completed in 2008, additional murals have been added next to it by the community.

Food Pantry Mural

I painted this mural on the food pantry at Reformation Lutheran Church in NJ to raise awareness about the building as a food pantry in order to attract more families who might need to receive food. The pantry now serves over 400 families.

Kerplunk Out Front! Banner Project

Families participated in inter-generational banner painting workshops where they dropped in (Kerplunk!) on Saturday afternoons to paint six banners for the doors of the Creative Alliance, a community arts center and theater in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. The banners served to attract the attention of passers-by so they would stop in and check out everything the Creative Alliance had to offer. Watch the Banner Project video!

Playground Tile Project

The Playground at Stadium Place outside the Y in Baltimore was burned down in 2008 due to gang arson. When the community gathered to make plans to rebuild the playground, I worked with the Mural Committee to create this project for children who were too young to help on the work site. Children and their parents created 300 painted tiles about what “home” means to them and the tiles were installed around the perimeter of the new playground. Watch a video about the rebuilding project.

Stained Glass Mosaic

This mosaic was created at Reformation Lutheran Church by youth ages 5-16 over an entire summer. We teamed up with a stained glass artist to create a Welcome sign that depicts the seasons of the church year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentacost. Youth explored the church for symbols of each season and used them as inspiration to create their own. The sign was installed outside the church building and lights up at night.

Trinity Mosaic Bench Project

This project was inspired by the beautiful garden at Trinity Lutheran Church and the donation of 3 cement benches from the school next door. A group of adults at Trinity created three mosaic designs for the benches that represent “three” or “trinity” like the name of the church. One bench showcases the symbols of the three monotheistic religions and has been placed at the front door of the church. It caused some controversy in the community due to varying beliefs but the congregation stands firm on the importance of unity and understanding. Click here to read my blog post about this project.