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This summer Apatchworks had the pleasure of collaborating with the St. Stephen’s Summer Youth Program, a program that provides a safe, supportive, educational and fun environment for inner city children and teens while school is out of session.
The youth had the wonderful opportunity of taking part in the making of a giant mosaic mural, with the theme of Under the Sea. Many of the children did not know what a mosaic mural was, nor had they ever seen mosaic tiles. Their excitement and engagement was amazing at this new experience.
They wrote beautiful messages of hope and encouragement on the backs of the panel before they began gluing on the colourful tiles.
We couldn’t have done it without our generous sponsors: Bisazza donated over 20,000 tiles, while UGF Industries France that created the wooden sea creatures that will be placed on top of the mural background.
The mural will be on permanent display at the St. Stephen’s Epiphany Church in the Roxbury area of Boston. We are delighted to say that children undergoing long-term treatments at Boston Children’s Hospital have been invited to make mosaic fish to fill the sea.
It is hoped that the Under the Sea mosaic mural of St. Stephen’s Epiphany Church in Boston will be filled with fish by the end of 2016. Many thanks to Kemarah Sika, director of St. Stephen’s Summer Youth Programs, and her team for helping apatchworks bring this opportunity to so many young people in the city of Boston.