Engaging Arts Learning as the context for skills training & earned income brings to Skid Row an innovation tested by Piece by Piece in South LA  

Piece by Piece operates within two of the most impoverished neighborhoods of Los Angeles to provide opportunity among those most in need.

Participants learn mosaic technique to attain skills & wellness. To support achievement, art made by participants is exhibited and proceeds upon sale returned to the Artist.  

With advanced training and attainment of Artisan status, participants earn income for their work on Piece by Piece commissions for Quality Art Wares. Participants at every level serve on teams to complete Public Art Projects.  

Our Studio Prep Associate positions are filled by residents of Skid Row supportive housing.  Associates provide key support to workshops and to fulfilling orders for mosaic art while gaining valuable experience through transitional employment.

The Piece by Piece strategy creates an environment that fosters connection & quality of life, offers tiered advancement, and promotes achievement of each person to his or her highest potential.  While arts programming exists everywhere in Los Angeles, none is for the purpose of leveraging opportunity for the city's most vulnerable.

Piece by Piece is a nonprofit organization that empowers residents in the underserved communities of Los Angeles by giving this disadvantaged community the tools, and marketable skills to encourage self-confidence and entrepreneurship. Through innovative mosaic arts micro-enterprise, Piece by Piece provides opportunities for the underserved to earn supplemental income. Workshops, taught by professional artists, and materials, with an emphasis on recycled items, are provided free of charge. Participants receive a significant portion of the proceeds from the sales of their work.

How can you get involved? 

The best way to support Piece by Piece is to purchase the beautiful artwork created by our participants. Check out our website for upcoming events at www.piecebypiece.org, or at the link to the right.

Discover What Art Can Do

Our unique program builds learning communities & creates a culture of mutual support & high expectations for individual success.  Persons living in poverty, professional artist-instructors and supportive volunteers are bonded by a shared desire to create mosaic art and foster success.  Workshops offer opportunity for connection & creativity, bringing improved wellness & earning potential to the lives of persons facing complex issues that have made them vulnerable to homelessness.  The community fosters hope & in so doing reduces barriers to success often faced among those who have lacked opportunity for education & other supports essential to developing talents & reaching their full potential to contribute in the social context.  The innovation is with applying arts learning to workforce development & in this context offering transitional jobs as well as skills training linked to earned income.  Piece by Piece participants train in the context of meaningful contribution to the learning community, with personal connection the key factor promoting success.