History and Projects
Mosaic Makers was founded in 2012 by social workers Lauren Siegel and Pamela Stein. Both Lauren and Pam have worked with homeless, disabled, addicted, mentally ill, and disadvantaged people in Baltimore throughout their extensive careers. The following are examples of their work:
- Paul’s Place, ongoing
A program that offers a soup kitchen, support groups, and social service assistance to young and old in the Washington Village/Pigtown area. There are afterschool programs for neighborhood families.
Project: Workshops with formerly homeless and homeless women and girls to encourage them to explore a series of personal themes.
• 2/12 Mandala -“What brings you peace”
• 4/12 Self Esteem mirrors-“Things that make you proud”
• 6/12 Hearts- “When do you feel loved….has your heart been broken”
• 12/12 Soap and lip gloss making; discussion on self care
• 1/13 Teen after school program: soap and lip gloss making.
- UMMS Shock Trauma-Violence Prevention Program (VPP), 3/12-5/12
UMMS’ Violence Prevention Program aims to prevent violent personal injury among Baltimore City’s most at-risk populations by engaging them while in recovery at Shock Trauma and then providing individual and group support to develop a different lifestyle.
Project: Clients created a mural to explain the history of their involvement with violence and their ongoing work with the program.
- Collington Elementary School, 4/12
Project: Children mosaiced miniature row houses that became catalysts in a discussion of how to respect their community and make it a better place to live. The row houses were placed in their outside reading garden to attract the kids to use the green space.
- Asylee Women Enterprise, 4/12
Assists global refugees seeking asylum to rebuild their lives by providing housing, social services, and a network of support.
Project: Created mural of their lives from their home country. The women requested that the mural making be a joyous social activity rather than an intense therapeutic experience since their lives are so difficult. The sessions involved lots of laughing and eating in addition to art making. The mural is to travel to build awareness of the program.
- Community Mediation, 4/12
Project: Worked with passersby during a street vigil to memorialize the people murdered in Baltimore City in 2011. Staff members encouraged participants to visit a concurrent open house at the agency explaining how mediation works.
- Camp Connect, 6/12
A weeklong camp to unite siblings placed in different foster care families.
Project: Each sibling set was given a heart in two pieces that they worked on together. Each sibling took home a piece of the heart at the end of the week.
- Station North Entertainment and Arts District (SNEAD), 7/12-8/12
Awarded National Endowment for the Arts grant to create a mural with homeless men and women living in the SNEAD area.
Project: An outdoor 6′ x 2′ outdoor mural located at Calvert and North Avenues. The mural’s concept and design was created in collaboration with the men and women of Project PLASE, a transitional homeless facility.
- Cherry Hill Neighborhood, 8/12 – present
The neighborhood is one of Baltimore’s poorest and most forgotten.
Project: With the sponsorship of Catholic Charities, created ten large mosaics at the shopping center. Mosaics were done with youth from Cherry Hill Homes, seniors from Cherry Hill Homes Senior Center
- Highlandtown Neighborhood, 8/12
Awarded a Baltimore Community Foundation grant to create an outdoor mural in collaboration with Anthony’s Park, a neighborhood arts program.
Project: A 10′ x 12′ mural at the corner of Conkling and Bank Streets. The project was done with seniors from the Booth Center and youth from the neighborhood.
- Youth Violence and Prevention Week 2012
A weeklong event at different children and youth programs to discuss goals in violence prevention.
Project: We traveled to several events to work with at-risk youth on a portable mosaic mural of the Safe Streets logo. (Safe Streets is one of Baltimore’s mediation programs in areas with the highest violence
- Villa Maria School, 1/13 – 2/13
Year-round day and residential school that provides intensive educational and clinical services for children and youth with emotional, learning, and multiple disabilities.
Project: Created a wall mosaic with students to foster their respect and connection to the school while brightening up the interior hallways.
- Wolfe St Academy, 4/13
Southeast Charter school serving Spanish-speaking students
Project: Created outdoor wall mosaic with after school program. Mural reflected the children’s countries of origin.
- Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center, 5/13
A recreation center serving at-risk youth
Project: Community created an indoor mural for the Health and Wellness Fair.
- Seven Oaks Senior Center, 6/13
Project: Individual mirror mosaics with self and aging theme.
- Cherry Hill Memorial Mosaic, 6/13
Project: Provided crisis intervention art for children traumatized by witnessing the shooting death of an infant.
- Woodberry Crossing, 7/13
This is a farm with camps and retreats for low-income children and community groups.
Project: Conducted 4 weekly groups reflecting the circle of life.
- Penn-North/Ridgehill Garden, 7/13
Project: Outdoor mural designed and created with community members to beautify a blighted block.
- Cherry Hill Children’s After School Art Program, 9/13-12/13
Project: Weekly after school class for children living in public housing.
- William S. Baer School, 1/14-2/14
Project: Created two indoor murals for and with children with severe disabilities.
- Roberta’s House, 10/13, 2/14, 3/14
A family grief support center.
Projects: Constructed memory bottles, vision boards, and memory trees.
- Jubilee Arts, 1/14-5/14
Project: Teach weekly crafts classes for adults in community arts program for low-income families.
- Reservoir Hill, 2/14-3/14
Project: Constructed 6’x12’ mural with community members; it will be installed on the side of the John Eager Recreation Center.
- Reservoir Hill, 5/14
Project: Tiled two tree benches in local park with girl scout troop
- Mondawmin Mall, 6/14:
Project: Created wall mural at the intersection of Liberty and Reistertown Road as a welcome to the neighborhood. Created with teenagers from Parks & People’s summer program.
- St. Peter’s Adult Education Center, 5/14
Project: Designed and constructed mural for courtyard of agency with disabled adults.
- Jewish Museum of Maryland, 5/14
Project: Tiled historic mural with community members.
- Wolfe Street Academy, 8/14
Project: Constructed “ Someday I Will”, an outdoor mosaic framed chalkboard with graduating 5th graders.
- Abilities Network, 8/14
Project: Designed and executed mural with staff during their annual meeting. They serve children and adults with autism.
- My Sister’s Circle, 10/14
A mentoring program for high risk, young women.
Project: Facilitated a workshop about transformation. The project was mosaic butterflies.
- CHOICE, 11/14
Project: Memorial mosaic mural was done at their annual staff meeting to remember the 6 young people they served who were killed.
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Leadership Group 12/14
Project: Created a large mural with young men and women who are involved with DJJ.
- Martin Luther King workshop, Govans 1/15
Project: Partnered with Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together Baltimore in working with kids to create a neighborhood sign.