Lauren Elder collaborates with community groups and schools to create unique gardens, pocket parks, recreational areas and small structures in both Northern California and various countries in Latin America. As a bi-lingual artist/designer, she enjoys working with Spanish-speaking communities and furthering cross-cultural understanding. Several projects have been published in “Asphalt to Ecosystems” by Sharon Danks (2010) and “Urban Homesteading” by Kaplan/Blume (2011). Projects have a strong design underpinning, with a commitment to ecologically appropriate plantings and conservative water use. Trained in Fine Arts/Sculpture, Elder facilitates the creation of colorful artwork by participants and is directly engaged in its fabrication in metal, ceramic and wood.
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Mark Lakeman is the co-founder of The City Repair Project and the principal of Communitecture, a community architecture and planning firm. He is an urban place-maker and permaculture designer, community design facilitator, and an inspiring catalyst to the emergence of sustainable and participatoryecological and cultural landscapes. Mark’s leadership has benefited communities across North America. With City Repair, in 2003 Mark was awarded the National Lewis Mumford Award by Architects & Planners for Social Responsibility for his work with Dignity Village, one of the United States’ first self-developed, permanent communities by and for previously homeless people
Our mission is to build community through creative projects. We collaborate with schools, libraries, community centers, municipalities and military facilities. Our projects include infrastructure (bridges, benches, maps, signs, gardens, trails, etc), public art (mosaics, concrete, ceramic murals, stained glass, metal, etc), and all kinds of fun experiences (puppets, parades, festivals, etc). We work with you to find materials, develop community assets, and facilitate quality programs. Concrete Couch has garnered many awards, including “empowering youth through public art”, “project of the year award”, “exceptional creative opportunities”, and numerous design and community building honors.
Tom Arie Donch, president, has orchestrated hundreds of projects in twenty states over thirty years. With a passion for learning and sharing the ingredients of successful community built events he has collaborated with over fifty community built association members and firms. His work has included parks, playgrounds, public sculpture, murals, nature trails, skateboard parks, school enhancements, low income housing projects, environmental projects, gardens and plazas. Currently Tom is lecturing on CBA work, mentoring and making himself available for one large project a year. He gives free consulting to communities to help them connect with CBA professionals and achieve their dreams.
John Pitman Weber is an active public artist with decades of experience in mosaics, cement reliefs, carved brick, painted murals, and useable sculpture for outdoor spaces. He has led large work in Los Angeles, New York City, Spencer IA, Broward County, FL and recently in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. His projects are in schools, on playgrounds and in the street, libraries, churches, colleges and community centers. He leads workshops and lectures on community public art in English, Spanish and French. Based in Chicago, he is an active member of the Chicago Public Art Group.
Artist Lynn Takata creates mosaics, sculpture and murals with children, families and neighborhoods to build tangible symbols of community pride. She has created over 300 public artworks with concrete, tile, glass, ceramic and paint involving hundreds of participants. Participants create their own designs and she choreographs these elements as the design develops. It is a dynamic and exciting improvisational process that creates meaningful public spaces.
Her participatory work is in parks, community centers, zoos and schools. The recent award-winning Salem Peace Mosaic involved over 600 participants in creating a mosaic to promote that the word Salem means Peace.
For 27 years, Pomegranate Center has empowered neighbors to come together to design and build gathering spaces. Pomegranate Center’s unique style of community building combines a creative approach with effective community planning, broad public participation, hands-on learning and leadership development. Recognized for its success in transforming and connecting communities, Pomegranate Center now shares this work with as many communities as possible. Through training and mentoring programs Pomegranate Center prepares community members and civic leaders to inspire and engage others to build stronger, healthier, more connected communities.