Community Art Projects

A beautiful piece of art installed in your facility is engaging, but having artwork that your community members and patrons help create goes much further. Collaboration in the creative process brings people together!

Community Art Project: Mosaics are fun for all!A mosaic is unique. It’s customizable and highly collaborative, allowing the project to reflect your institution’s values and aesthetic while also engaging the community in ways that many other art mediums simply cannot. My mosaic method brings in large numbers of community members to participate in a hands-on process that’s accessible to all ages and skill levels. It generates infectious engagement as the piece evolves.

Recent Animal House Glass community mosaic projects (below) are typical of the collaborative process, involving design teams, architects, community groups and associations. It’s a pleasure working with others to make these projects a true team effort, and to develop design concepts based on the character and values of the community.

Community and Mural Projects Facilitated by Animal House Glass:

Dayton Library, Kettering Branch

Dayton Library, Kettering Branch Commission This abstract mural’s 6′ x 9′ composition is inspired by the work of Christopher Ries and is installed in the Kettering Library. Ries says, “My work celebrates the awe-inspiring beauty and intellectual wonders of glass.” Debra Buchanan created the illustration for this mosaic. http://www.daytonmetrolibrary.org/works/kettering

Mercy Cancer Center, Perrysburg Ohio

The new Mercy Cancer Center in Perrysburg Ohio has recently installed 12 panels depicting life through the four seasons. The hallway windows connecting the Emergency Room and Cancer Center is now home to beautiful, bright mosaic panels. The imagery represents the flow of seasons. The first set of three panels illustrates Spring to Summer with… Continue reading 

Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Community Center

BG Community Center – Connecting Through Art The Bowling Green Community Foundation (BGCF), Bowling Parks and Recreation Department and the BG Kiwanis are collaborating on an exciting functional art installation for the BG Community Center. The BGCF has awarded a grant to help facilitate a permanent, mosaic art installation. This mosaic art project will be… Continue reading 

Clark State / Project Jericho

Project Jericho Summer Camp

Project Jericho “Spread Your Wings” Project Jericho is a well-oiled machine, that believes that art heals. They provide the most impressive programming for the Springfield community. Summer camp consisted of 30+ teens spending time working on mosaics, poetry, bookmaking, painting, and photography. Each teen created an individual 8 x 10 mosaics to take home. The theme… Continue reading 

Lorain Library

Lorain Ohio Library

Lorain Ohio Library Mosaic Mural: A Community Project This mural depicts the downtown bridge and a book opening on the top of this local landmark. Lorain is right on Lake Erie and the birds and water are part of the everyday life here. The boat in the mural is a local tourist attraction. The main… Continue reading 

Project Jericho, Springfield, Ohio

Project Jericho Springfield, Ohio Project Jericho, is a collaborative program of the Clark State performing Arts Center and the Clark County Department of Job & Family Services. Their mission is to change lives through the arts. Animal House Glass worked with more than 50 family members to create a fun and engaging mural (27″ high… Continue reading 

18th Street Mural

18th Street Mural UpTown Green Mural Project The UpTown Green Mural Project is a project of The Arts Commission in partnership with Art Corner Toledo. These murals are made possible by a grant from the Ohio Capital Impact Corporation. Additional support for this project was provided by Behr Paint and Home Depot, Ohio Arts Council,… Continue reading 

Jackson County Youth Center

Jackson County Youth Center

Jackson County Youth Center Youth Arts Alliance! Jackson County Michigan Youth Center mural was created in conjunction with Youth Arts Alliance! Murals, Mosaics & Music Workshops. YAA! is a collaborative dedicated to providing meaningful creative arts opportunities to distressed youth. YAA! believes involvement in the arts facilitates personal growth and increased connections to the community…. Continue reading 

Monroe County Youth Center

Monroe County Youth Center Youth Arts Alliance! Monroe County Michigan Youth Center mural was created in conjunction with Youth Arts Alliance! (YAA!) Murals, Mosaics & Music Workshops. YAA! is a collaborative dedicated to providing meaningful creative arts opportunities to distressed youth. YAA! believes involvement in the arts facilitates personal growth and increased connections to the… Continue reading 

The Arts Commission of Toledo – YAAW Program

YAAW Mosaic Workshop The Arts Commission of Toledo – YAAW Program I had the opportunity to conduct a workshop with The Arts Commission of Toledo Young Artists at Work (YAAW) program. Since 1994, The Arts Commission has sponsored the award winning Young Artists at Work (YAAW) program. This six-week summer employment opportunity enables diverse youth… Continue reading 

Waterville Library Community Mural

Waterville Library mural completed The work is completed on the new community-based mosaic mural. The Toledo Public Library, Waterville Branch, along with the Waterville Arts Council, sponsored the mosaic mural for the Library. This project is13 ft x 6 ft mosaic, created by community members. The illustration was completed by a local Waterville community member,… Continue reading 

Otsego Mosaic Mural Complete Wide

Otsego School District Knights Mosaic

Otsego School District Knights Mosaic Mosaic By Knights Completed in 2012, this year-long mosaic mural included students, staff and community members of the Otsego School District, “Home of the Knights.” A new elementary was built as part of a Central Campus, much to the chagrin of the four rural villages that make up this school… Continue reading 

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The Victory Center

The Victory Center Mosaic Mural: A Community Art Project Toledo, OH — I had the pleasure of working on a beautiful piece of art for the patient lobby at The Victory Center, a cancer support organization. The cancer patients and their families had the opportunity to explore the art of mosaic. The best part of… Continue reading