Public Works

In addition to teaching individual artists how to cultivate expertise in the mosaic medium, CMS is also committed to sharing our art form with our community and world. Over the years we have been privileged to partner with many schools, businesses, organizations, and city districts to create lasting public artwork that can be enjoyed by all. The projects listed below are only some of the installations that CMS has created over the past ten years. The most recent projects are displayed at the top. 

In 2017, CMS partnered with Frederick Stock School as recipients of an Ingenuity Grant from the Creative Schools Fund. CMS faculty designed and oversaw the construction of a mosaic mural inspired by the children’s book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The book follows a frustrated young artist named Vashti as she finds her creative voice, and tells the story of how any child can learn to be an artist if they start with a dot. Instructors worked with approximately 250 young artists of different educational needs as they learn to exercise their creative instincts just like Vashti. Each student created an 8” x 8” mosaic circle that was then be assembled together to form a beautiful multicolored mural for the outdoor walls of Stock School. It was installed in May and dedicated in a ceremony on July 14th, 2017.

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