Arts on The Block was thrilled to join in the fun at World of Montgomery 2013, presented by The KID Museum and Montgomery County, Maryland! We braved the wind in Wheaton on Sunday, October 20 to be a part of the Mosaic Community Booth at the heart of the festival. We brought our mosaic base, tons of ceramic tiles, some adhesive and a lot of enthusiasm to make a community mosaic! Those that stopped by were encouraged to contribute to the project by placing tiles along the sketch that Arts on the Block Teaching Artist, Natalie Ramirez, sketched out. Arts on the Block VISTA, Lily Ross, helped Natalie guide visitors in the mosaic making process.
The Mosaic Community Booth was the perfect spot to watch the parade that showcased area groups from different cultures. The music and dance performances on both festival stages enthused visitors as they milled from booth to booth. We met lots of wonderful people and families. Some had a longstanding appreciation for the arts, some were just dabbling for the day, but everyone had fun! Impromptu artists from young to old (and everywhere in between) helped to bring the mosaic to life. Some were shy and some were unsure, but everyone soon learned that a mosaic is just a puzzle with no right or wrong answer!
The mosaic’s design was an extension of this year’s festival theme: water being essential to life. A faucet releases the earth in a drop of water that makes its way to a drinking glass, symbolizing the right of every person to clean drinking water. What started out as a chalk drawing quickly turned into beautiful proof of the power of community.
Thank you to everyone that helped make World of Montgomery possible; we had a great time! Thank you to all of the community members and visitors that spent their day with us. We couldn’t have made our mosaic without you!
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