Plazas and Public Spaces

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Lauren Elder

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.



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

Concrete Couch

Loveland Mural

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.

EarlySpace, LLC


Nancy Striniste, founder of EarlySpace, is a landscape designer and former teacher. She has been designing earth-friendly, people-friendly natural play and learning spaces for children since the mid-80’s.  Her palette includes stone, wood, water and plants. Projects begin with a community charette where participants learn about the value of reconnecting children to nature and collaborate to create a vision for their new space. Children and adults work together to help build their space, planting native trees, shrubs and perennials, creating mosaic streams and benches, and through natural building projects such as cob, straw bale and living roof construction.

Global Mosaic Project/True Mosaics

True Mosaic

Laurel True is a public artist and educator specializing in sculptural, architectural and site-specific mosaic projects for almost 25 years.  Laurel teaches and lectures internationally and facilitates community-based projects through her organization, The Global Mosaic Project.

The Global Mosaic Project partners with organizations, schools and businesses to develop unique participatory projects, designed and implemented through social engagement. Projects are focused in urban and developing areas and focus on public art creation, art education, teacher training and professional development.

Laurel True is the co-founder of the Institute of Mosaic Art in California.

Interplay Design

Interplay Design

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

2010 volunteer team

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.

Lynn Takata

Lynn Takata mosaic

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.

Niki Glen and Helen Helwig

McClintock High School Bus Shelter

Niki Glen and Helen Helwig direct large-scale public art pieces. Their work has been published in “Public Art: A World’s Eye View”. They have directed over 100 murals and specialize in community participation and involvement. “Public art belongs to everyone.” Their work graces walls of schools, libraries, botanical gardens, hospitals, and office buildings around the United States. Glen Studios creates murals using mixed media mosaics (glass, clay, stone, and found objects). The Helwig Studio focuses on functional art pottery, mixed media mosaics and sculpture, public art, and community and school art projects. Niki Glen also paints site specific exterior and interior murals. Their mosaics and murals transform public spaces into extraordinary places.



Parkitects works closely with communities to custom design play environments that meet their needs for budget, accessibility, supervision, and age appropriateness.  Parkitects’ President and Landscape Architect, Steve Lauzun, is a founding member of the CBA and specializes in inclusive and participatory design. As a Landscape Architect lead company, Parkitects also specializes in integrating play equipment into complex and playful site designs.