Recently we were awarded a 2013 Project Grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) in order to create The Marquam Mosaic, a participatory public art project led by renowned Portland artist Lynn Takata that will involve children, families and adults in creating a 100' long mosaic for the Marquam Nature Park amphitheater. The public is invited to create ceramic and mosaic art and poetry based on the native flora and fauna of Marquam Nature Park, at ten locations in Southwest Portland from February through August. A poem from the workshops will be considered for inclusion in the mosaic. Workshops will be held at the Hillsdale Library, Hopewell House, OHSU, Terwilliger Plaza, Portland State, Shriner's Hospital for Children, Marquam Nature Park, St. Thomas More School and Ainsworth School. The workshops that are open to the public can be viewed here. Workshops are free but registration is required. The artwork will be installed in August on the amphitheater of the Marquam Nature Park shelter with a dedication in September. Public workshops will be advertised and posted here as soon as they are scheduled. In addition to the grant from RACC the project is funded in part by the Dr. William Connor Memorial Fund of FMNP.
The Artist: Lynn Takata is an award-winning artist who is nationally known for creating participatory mosaics, sculpture and murals. She involves families and neighborhoods to build tangible symbols of community pride in parks, community centers, zoos and schools. She works with glass, concrete, ceramic and stone and teaches art at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. (www.lynntakata.com)
The Poet: Edna Kovacs holds a Masters in Education with specific endorsement in Learning Disabilities and a Ph.D. in Expressive Arts with a specialization in Multicultural Education. Edna is the author of five books on writing and poetry including her haiku chapbook, Mandalas, which won the Cicada Chapbook Award. (www.poetineden.com)