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We felt the love!

Today was such a beautiful moment to remember. Tonja and Martine came specially today to be with the E3-4 students. They gave much love and attention to the students who needed their help. We felt today that the students were so motivated to get their pots done. Some of them even went on to create their second one. Tonja and Martine gave lots of help and guidance, which was much appreciated by the students. And the greatest gift of all, Tonja and Martine want to and are coming back tomorrow to be with the students. Back in class at 9am tomorrow….first thing in the morning!

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Celebrating the lunar new year @ Metis Beach School!

The wonderful thing about being artist in school is that we get adopted into the school community, like being part of the family. I was lucky and privileged to be invited to celebrate Chinese New Year with the students, from pre-school to grade 5-6, by sharing the Chinese new year rituals, symbols, folklores and traditions with the children. One of the students, Lucy, just came to Canada from China with her parents. Her parents were invited to share the Chinese New Year tradition of making dumplings with the students. What a lucky day, as we chowed down freshly made dumplings and yummy fried spring rolls offered for lunch. It was a school-wide celebration. There were even lanterns lit up to highlight the first full moon of the lunar new year.  What a great way to get to know another culture! Thank you, Brett, principal of Metis Beach School, for organizing this special celebration and making this an important learning experience for the children!

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Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes of a community project with the young ones, it is inevitable that we will have a lot of preparation to do. Tasks such as painting the pots, and cutting materials into ready shapes are tedious and manual. They require patience, time and effort. Thank goodness we have angels to help us. Special thanks to Ms Fournier for taking time to paint the pots outside of classes. And many special thanks to Andrea Landry, one of our adult participants, who took many afternoons and evenings helping us to cut the tiles into the right shapes and sort them into coloured boxes. Without your help, the project would not be smooth and possible for the young ones. INFINITE thanks for your contribution!  (see the photo: so much love from the young ones…*heart melts*)

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Happy to meet you – Valentine’s Day!

Perhaps we should say thanks to the snow storms that the first time the senior adult participants met the kindergarten and E1-2 classes students fell on Valentine’s Day. It was magical, as the adult participants came and offered Valentine’s day cookies to the little ones. And at the same time, the students took time to write and draw colourful cards with hearts to give to the seniors. It was a wonderful meet-and-greet moment for everyone, with such kind tenderness. The ice is broken with lots of pink and sweet cookies. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

p.s. Thank you, Tonja, for taking the time to shop for the cookies and eventually offering them as your gift! Great that you mentioned you’re the cookie queen and that this is up your lane! We’re so lucky to have you with us! =)

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Meeting Seniors at the Friendship Lunch

One of the key goals of the intergenerational mosaic project is to reach out to seniors who might feel isolated in their daily lives and to invite them to join us for some creative time. The project is also open to active seniors and adults who would like to give some of their time to create, and to share their time with the young ones.

I made a special trip to Metis and “crashed” the Seniors Friendship Lunch to meet them at their regular hangouts. Nothing beats meeting face to face and letting them get to know me. After speaking about the project and sharing info flyers around, a few seniors have expressed interest and openness to participate. Yay!

Let’s meet Grandma Winny who has such gentleness and kindness about her. I’ve invited both her daughter Wendy and Grandma Winny to join us for the mosaic workshops at Metis Beach School. After a few thoughtful moments, Grandma Winny said with a smile, “I’d like that.”

That – just made my trip and my day.

– Lisan
(Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019)

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Project HOPE – Seeds of Hope – 2014 (Singapore)

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Project HOPE is a community mosaic mural project, led by mosaic artist Lisan Chng and founder of MosaicJam, in collaboration with Bright Vision Hospital in Singapore. The project team worked  collectively and intensively with patients, staff, volunteers, students, members of the Bright Vision Hospital community and the general public to create a large mosaic mural that was inspired by stories and hopes of patients, caregivers and volunteers.

“Through Project HOPE, My aim was to engage the community to conceptualise and bring patients’ stories of hope and volunteers’ aspirations to life, in the form of a large mosaic mural,” shared Lisan.

Bright Vision Hospital (BVH) is a 318-bed community hospital serving an estimated number of 1000 patients annually. The patients are mainly elderly and needy who require rehabilitation, long-term medical care and financial assistance.

With 32 hands-on workshop sessions conducted over 12 weeks (May to July 2014), the project focused on engaging the community with a wide outreach effort, and rallying support from the hospital community to realize this creative project. The final art piece is titled ‘Seeds of HOPE’, a mural measuring 8ft by 16ft. It underwent over six phases of transformation from brainstorming and drawings to clay making, mosaic setting and the final process of grouting. The team and volunteers spent nearly 1,600 volunteer hours to complete the mural. During the workshops, participants interacted and bonded in a creative environment. It also engaged students in the process of creation so that they could inculcate the values of giving and sharing.

Watch the video that takes you behind the scenes of the mosaic mural making by the community:

“The amazing thing is that we had the right number of people at the right time. In fact the whole entire project is magical how everything came together. This mural is a manifestation of the generosity and love of the volunteers who came forward to contribute.” said Lisan.

This project is made possible with the financial support of National Arts Council (Singapore), Central Singapore Community Development Council and Keppel Care Foundation. eCube Global is the administrative partner of MosaicJam on Project Hope. MosaicJam and Bright Vision Hospital wish to thank all partners for making this project possible.

Here’s a brief view of the unveiling of the mural at the Launch:

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“Central Singapore CDC is delighted to have connected MosaicJam to Bright Vision Hospital, a link-up that has resulted in Project HOPE, a collaboration that has brought much joy to the patients and caregivers at Bright Vision Hospital. It is very heartening to see people from all backgrounds coming together through arts, and I would like to encourage more arts enthusiasts and volunteers to step forward and contribute their creative talents and artworks to do something meaningful for our community.” Ms Denise Phua, Mayor, Central Singapore District.

The mural now stands at level 2, Atrium area of the hospital. It creates a connection between art and healing to the patients, their families, staff and visitors.

Download a brochure of Project HOPE Summary
Would you like to find out more about stories behind Project HOPE? Download booklet here.

Here’s more information about Project HOPE from BVH’s website:
More than 500 planting the seeds of HOPE
Leaf-of-HOPE Campaign at Hort Park
Photos from Launch of Seeds of HOPE

Check out the making of the mural through these photos albums:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To have more details on Project HOPE, please email Project Leader Lisan Chng at l…@mosaicjam.com.