July 6 2015
Piece by Piece Wins Support For Building a Better Skid Row through Mosaic Art
Recipient of Grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission supporting mosaic art workshops in Skid Row
Los Angeles, CA July 6, 2015
A grant of $23,700 from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission supports Piece by Piece activities bringing learning in Mosaic Art to a diverse population of Los Angeles residents.
The funding is part of the commission’s Organizational Grant Program awarding county non-profit arts organizations. The grant supports Piece by Piece goals for extending our unique workshop offerings to additional persons residing in Skid Row supportive housing, supporting their achievement of creative skills. Residents learn skills that enable them to join Piece by Piece creative teams fulfilling orders for mosaic art on every scale.
Our services in Skid Row draw upon lessons learned in South Los Angeles, where Piece by Piece has long provided its popular and highly successful mosaic workshop program to South LA residents. Workshop settings build learning communities driven by the need for meaningful connection, learning, training and work.
“Our workshops build community among diverse populations that share the desire to connect, learn new skills and creatively collaborate,” said Managing Director Lisa Marsh. “We value and promote a culture of mutual-support and high expectations for individual success. Our outstanding instructors share their love for creating art and their skills for helping community members learn to make art that is meaningful and beautiful. Participants also work on group art projects as a means of giving back to the local community.”
Workshops activities offer opportunity for connection and creativity, bringing improved wellness and quality to the lives of persons facing complex issues that have made them vulnerable to homelessness. Participants train in mosaic technique in the context of meaningful contribution to the learning community, with personal connection a key factor promoting success.
Program Director Dawn Mendelson has over her seven years with Piece by Piece designed effective curricula and built an outstanding team of Artist-Instructors: “Our participants develop to become amazing artists, capable of creating unique and wonderful works. Our Artist-Instructors are very talented, and extremely committed to using their talents to help others learn and grow.”
These grants support Piece by Piece Artist-Instructors. More than eleven accomplished artists serve Piece by Piece as regular instructors or as Visiting Artists leading Directed Studies sessions focused on an advanced topic or technique.
Piece by Piece regular exhibits works by participants. For listing of events see www.piecebypiece.org.
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Piece by Piece is a non-profit organization operating to serve residents of supportive housing in Skid Row and South Los Angeles. Its mission is to provide low-income and formerly homeless people free mosaic art workshops using recycled materials to develop marketable skills, self-confidence, earned income and an improved quality of life. Learn more at www.piecebypiece.org.
Piece by Piece at Star Apartments. In strategic partnership with Skid Row Housing Trust, Piece by Piece operates a social-enterprise that offers participants arts learning that brings voice to creative expression and a path to earned income. While continuing its long-standing service in South LA, a new home base in Skid Row has enabled greatly expanded programming reaching tenants from among 2,400 recently-homeless residents of supportive housing in the area, as well as the unhoused.
Skid Row Housing Trust. The Trust provides permanent supportive housing so that people who have experienced homelessness, prolonged extreme poverty, poor health, disabilities, mental illness and/or addiction can lead safe, stable lives in wellness. Learn more at www.skidrow.org
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission provides these grants to fund concerts, theatre and dance productions, exhibitions, in-school and out-of-school arts education and core operations that help these art organizations enrich the lives of county residents in large and small communities alike. The program also ensures that a wide variety of cultural services will continue to reach county residents. Learn more at www.lacountyarts.org.