Letter to all volunteers of Project HOPE

To all participants and volunteers to-be,

Through this project of mosaic mural creation, I would like to awaken the power of creativity within those who come forth to participate – the power that already resides in each one of us.

We are all artists at heart. This is the fundamental belief that underlies the community mosaic projects that I lead. If we drop all notions of judgment, evaluation of good and bad, true art is an expression of one’s self. However, in our modern society, which is very much anchored in performance and judgment, we often do not accept and let ourselves fully express who we are. This repression, directly or indirectly, is connected to our diseases – be they physical, mental or emotional. This is the message that I would like to directly and indirectly bring to everyone, and especially those who seek healing.

The unknown is often frightening to many of us. From my experience, I have had participants who began the process of creation with a lot of fear and anxiety, partly due to having never touched clay or mosaic in their lives before. However, when they complete the project, an accomplished feat that they have never imagined before, they emerge from it prouder of themselves than ever. I have seen them going forward into their lives with greater confidence and creativity, building on the momentum of creation the project has started in them. Sometimes all we need is a spark.

In project HOPE, you will be empowered to create, to express your hopes and to learn from each other. This experience will ignite your passion within to create, not just mosaic art, but the passion to create your life as well.

It would be my privilege to work with you, with the patients, staff and volunteers of Bright Vision hospital. Aligned with Venerable Yen Pei’s teaching, my personal vision for the project would be to empower and inspire those who come in contact with the project with a sense of hope and a brighter vision of life. May we all leave this project, realized and fulfilled, with a larger version of ourselves.

Your truly,

Lisan Chng
Community Mosaic Artist
Founder of MosaicJam
Leader of Project HOPE