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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Colette Crutcher works solo and collaboratively, most often with Irish ceramicist Aileen Barr or her husband Mark Roller, on public art installations including mosaics, murals, and paper mache sculptures for parades, concerts and demonstrations. Her Bay Area public works include Tonantsin Renace, 16th Ave Tiled Steps, 24th St. Minipark, Ping Yuen Housing Project, Chinatown Rec. Center, Cesar Chavez Park, (Oakland,) and Hidden Garden Steps. A mosaic stairway for Hunters Point SF, and a fountain and bench for a playground in Redwood City are underway.
Donna Billick is an artist and community builder. Donna is director of Billick Rock Art, in Davis California, and Todos Artes, located in Baja Mexico. Also co-director of the University of California Davis Art/Science Fusion program along with Diane Ullman. The mediums used to create art and community build large scale public art works are, ceramics, mosaics, terrazzo, cement, stone, bronze, glass and steel.
“I believe that multidisciplinary, cross cultural education programs that fuse the arts and community are necessary for today’s generations of learners who are faced with complex global issues including climate change, cultural extinction and environmental destruction, benefit from the community build approach to projects.”
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.
Jeff Mather is a community-based public artist & environmental sculptor & teaching artist based in Atlanta. He is a lead artist, co-founder, and board president for the Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning. He coaches the designing and building of large-scale architectural sculptures. He is a member of Alternate ROOTS and several of his community-based public art projects have been funded by ROOTS’ Community/Artist Partnership Program. He has also been the lead artist for the On Site/Insight Program, coaching multi-school environmental art partnerships in Atlanta Public Schools.
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 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.