Recycled Art For a New Cycle of Life!

The Piece by Piece Social Enterprise’s objectives are to provide a supportive community for individuals who have experienced homelessness or economic insecurity. Participants create mosaic art, earn income, and build soft skills training while beautifying Los Angeles.

Our focus is on train­ing and employ­ing indi­vid­u­als who oth­er­wise would have more lim­it­ed oppor­tu­ni­ties.

Piece by Piece gen­er­at­es rev­enue to support our artists and nonprofit through the creation of mosaic artwork. We create small-scale housewares and art as well as large scale art commissions. We are an employ­ment-relat­ed social enterprise.

  • $52K

    in income earned by participants in 2021

  • 425 + meals

    provided to participant artists in 2021

  • 1.5 tons

    of recycled materials used in 2021

  • "This is what drives me, it's what gets me up in the morning these days. I've found a talent that gives me a reason for being. My fear is dead, my depression vanquished, my hope has been restored."

    John M, Artist

  • "Art reflects life and life is a constant change. Working with Piece by Piece has enhanced my life to keep moving, thinking and creating."

    June C, Artist

  • "It has helped me to make extra money for my expenses. It has also helped me personally. I've learned to guide a group, and share with different people of various nationalities and learn from them."

    Jose M, Artist

  • Piece by Piece artist Vicki
    Piece by Piece artist Vicki

    "Thanks to Piece by Piece, I have learned better to push doubts to the back of my mind and to move forward into new areas of development with learning and security."

    Vicki M, Artist

  • "I have found in mosaic a space where my mind entertains itself in search of ideas. When I create my art piece I'm transmitting and sharing my thoughts and my being."

    Victor J, Artist

  • The Reality of Poverty and Houselessness in Los Angeles

    According to the Public Policy institute of CA, More than a third of Californians are living in or near poverty. Los Angeles has the highest rate of poverty (20.8%) more than any other county in LA. 

    There are currently at least 63,706 people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County, according to a count by LAHSA in 2020 ‚ÄĒ a 13% increase from 2019. In the city of Los Angeles, LAHSA says there are 41,290 people experiencing homelessness. The numbers are an estimate of people experiencing homelessness on any given night in Los Angeles. Advocates believe the numbers are higher.

    These are our neighbors, our community members, our friends, and in some cases even our colleagues. At Piece by Piece we have come together and lifted up founder, Sophie Alpert’s vision to change this reality.

  • A Creative Solution

    The Piece by Piece Social Enterprise’s objectives are to provide a supportive community and a path towards self-sufficiency, self-love, and economic stability. Participants create mosaic art, earn income, and learn soft skills training while beautifying Los Angeles.

    The Piece by Piece Social Enterprise is here to help those who have experienced homelessness and/or economic insecurity, espe­cial­ly those who live in or around Skid Row and South Los Angeles. Piece by Piece provides on-the-job train­ing and sup­port­ive ser­vices, infus­ing trau­ma-informed care and therapeutic wellness approaches; and pro­vid­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for lead­er­ship and com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment.  Participant Artists earn income through their creative talent by producing individually designed and created mosaic artworks, gaining artistic and entrepreneurial skills, and publicly showing their work  (both online and in-person) to increase their financial independence and self-confidence. 

How It All Comes Together

  • Many of our participants start their mosaic journey in our free workshops, then move into the Certification Program. As they progress through the four levels, they qualify to earn income as artists in the social enterprise

  • Artists are encouraged to create their own work as well as participate in the creation of retail items, custom awards and commissions, and large scale community projects.¬†

  • Recycled and donated materials are used in the creation of our work, saving on average over two tons of materials from landfills.¬†

  • The amazing work of the Piece by Piece Artists makes for lovely gifts, personalized awards and more. When you shop Piece by Piece you are supporting a community of artists and individuals who are committed to bettering themselves and our world.¬†

Watch Artist Hilda Talk About Her Artwork

All Piece by Piece artists take great pride in their work. Mosaics are created by our artists under the guidance and support of our lead artists and artistic director. Continual encouragement and linkages to resources are always available. 

Creating a Community of Artists

We support indi­vid­u­als who tra­di­tion­al­ly haven’t had a path­way to self-love, self-care and self-sufficiency. Piece by Piece offer­s sup­port­ive work and skills-build­ing opportunities; pro­vid­ing an inde­pen­dent source of income; and open­ing doors to new possibilities.

Support New Beginnings

  • The Piece Shop

    One of the best ways to support our artists is by purchasing individual artwork or ordering a custom commission.

  • Donate

    Donations to Piece by Piece support a variety of needs of the organization. From providing meals for community building to supporting workshops, and learning opportunities every dollar goes to empower individuals working to improve their lives through art.

  • Get Involved

    You can help us provide free mosaic art workshops to people who have experienced homelessness and/or are living with economic insecurity by volunteering, partnering with us, or hosting an event.