Laurel True‘s commitment to tapping into the Creative Capital of communities to heal, revitalize and rebuild is at work in Jacmel, Haiti right now.
She and her assistant, Erin Rogers, are working with local youth and collaborating with Haitian and American artists to design and create a large-scale mosaic mural in partnership with the Art Creation Foundation For Haitian Children (ACFFC) in Jacmel. A description of the project from her website:
“Youth will collect materials salvaged from the devastation of the earthquake in January, which will be repurposed with love into a memorial mosaic mural commemorating the loss of life and homes and celebrating the healing and rebuilding in Haiti.
The project will focus on skill building and mosaic training for youth and young adults so that they may use these skills for future entrepreneurial development. The mural will serve as a memorial for the lives lost as a result of the devastating earthquake last January and serve as an affirmation for future rebuilding in Haiti.”
Laurel was kind enough to agree to send us photos from Jacmel so we could post them here. She wants to say thank you, once again, for the contributions that many of you made to this project on Kickstarter in response to our post here April 23 post.
June 2, 2010 — Jacmel, Haiti
We arrived in Haiti yesterday. Such a beautiful country. Beautiful, wonderful people. Spent our first day in Port au Prince.
We were met at airport by ACFFC director Georges Matellus. A wonderful man with a huge heart.
Rubble not being moved that we saw. Men in top of pancaked building with sledgehammers. People resting on huge hunks of fallen buildings. Barber shops operating while buildings on either side in heaps.
We traveled two hours south – some thru the mountains to reach Jacmel.
We had our first day at the Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC) today (June 2).
A wonderful organization with amazing people and kids. ACFFC serves over 75 kids. We met them in shifts today. Different age groups go to school at different times.
We had introductions. And talked about the mosaic mural project. Showed pics and kids did drawings of trees for tree of life mural.
Matou from ACFFC translated all into Kreyole. Some kids speak French and my French is so rusty. Need translator.
We had lesson. Brought JoAnn’s book! (JoAnn Locktov’s “Mosaic Art and Style”) They devoured it. We worked with all age kids. Very young to older teens in shifts.
Many beautiful moments. The kids are naturals. They love it and are doing great.
Others separated a dozen rice sacks full of tile all donated by Mosaiques Gardere in Port au Prince and the 60 pounds of tile we brought into color piles.
We just had a great day. I know many will continue with mosaic after we leave.
Setting onto wall demain. Shoddy French better than none.
Help Laurel’s work to rebuild and revitalize Jacmel to continue long after she is gone. Consider a gift to the Art Creation Foundation for Children in Haiti. Every dime will go towards feeding, housing, teaching and inspiring children in Jacmel.