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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

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

Chinese New Year Intercultural Mosaic Project 2014

Here’s MosaicJam’s cultural mediation project, an intercultural mosaic project for Chinese New Year 2014, that won Lisan Chng a bursary award from Culture Pour Tous. In collaboration with AECC (Association des Étudiants et Chercheurs Chinois), we invited participants from diverse backgrounds in the Lower Saint Lawrence region to come together and make mosaics inspired from the Chinese culture and their own culture.

 

 

An interview with  Lisan D. Chng, winner of the Cultural Mediation Bursary award, awarded by Culture pour tous in Montreal for MosaicJam’s intercultural project in Rimouski, Quebec.

 

Here’s MosaicJam’s project featured in the TV news channel, TVA Est-du-Québec La Vie Chez Nous.

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Treasures of the Ocean 2013 (Canada)

As part of the 14th Intercultural Festival of Rimouski, Accueil et Intégration BSL and MosaicJam presented an intercultural mosaic project, an artistic creation with the community, under the theme of ‘The Treasures of the Ocean’. The unique feature of the project 2013 is that we worked with children of 9 to 12 years old from diverse cultural backgrounds in the Lower Saint Lawrence region. In the first phase of the project, we worked with students from l’École de Grand-Pavois-Sainte-Agnés in the beginning of June. In the second phase, we worked with 5 to 8 children in MosaicJam’s workshop. The children learnt how to work with clay and glazes. They created cultural symbols in ceramic. We asked each child to imagine a marine animal, real or mythical, that links with their culture of origin. Their creations contributed to the collective mosaic mural. The hopes and beliefs of each child were given space for expression. In the third part of the Project, we invited the multicultural community of the Lower Saint Lawrence region to come participate and finish the mural. Adults were specifically invited for this part of the adventure!
Here’s a video of one of our young participants in the project!

Tree of Life-Intercultural mosaic project 2014 (by Janie Malenfant)

Tree of Life – Intercultural Mosaic 2012 (Canada)

In 2012, in collaboration with Accueil et Intégration BSL, MosaicJam initiated, coordinated and facilitated a group creation with 14  immigrant women from 12 countries, a first project of its nature in  the Lower Saint Lawrence region of Quebec. The community mosaic “Tree of Life” was completed after a total of 600 man-hours. The community mosaic was launched at the 13th edition of the Intercultural Festival of Rimouski, and later acquired by the City of Rimouski during Cultural Days in September 2013. The mosaic is now installed at the City Hall of Rimouski, accessible to the public.