In 2014, in Turkey, my friend Miriam explained the difficult situation refugee women were in, as they were not allowed to work and had little to do with their time. We both knew how time consuming making mosaics is and what impact working together on a communal project can have for peoples sense of community – this was how the Refugee Community Mosaic was born and what sparked my passion for making community mosaics with people around the world.
Since 2014 I have conducted several other community mosaic projects in Brazil and China. I gain great joy of taking on the art director role for these projects and am thrilled how working together not only provides a sense of connection, but also gives the initial design some surprising charactersistics.
About my latest community art happening in Beijing – project 116 – participants said:
Great project, great activity, great company, wonderful community art! Great Saturday! Thank you Gertrud.Paloma Sanchez
Indeed, it was such a wonderful workshop. The joint efforts made the experience special. Music was also carefully selected that was like a breeze touching the peaceful inner self in the early spring. Thank you Gertrud for the great time!J.Loh
please read more in the blog posts below
- “Delivering as one”
- Project 116 – the video
- Project 116 preparations
- Project 116 – community mosaic&food
- Community Art is the way to go!
- Refugee Community Mosaic film recognized at 13th ICCM conference in Oct 2017
It is also a great honor to have received the SAMA scholarship 2020 to learn from the impressive “community arts & empowerment” project in Watsonville/CA.