The finished project at Temple Sinai Atlanta--- a mosaic tree created in community with a piece of text.
Educator Marisa Kaiser worked intimately with Nancy, communicating her vision for the project.
Nancy worked up a concept design for Marisa & her team in Atlanta. Clear glass gems would be purchased and leaf shaped glass pieces cut.
A template was created and sent to Atlanta to make sure the size & shape would work in the space. Mark & Nancy prepared smooth edged glass leaves. A skilled woodworker friend cut the four sectioned mosaic tree base from wood.
The wooden base and all the supplies were sent to Atlanta prior to Nancy & Mark's arrival. Prep work was extensive in anticipation of engage a multitude of participants of all ages.
Religious school students rotated through the new art room and other classrooms and enthusiastically engaged in the project, while assorted adults did the same in the synagogue lobby.
With focus and intention, each person expressed themselves with a contribution for the communal tree.
Hundreds of pieces--- gems & leaves--- were collected.
The next morning, when the pre-school program resumed, groups of little ones (as young as 2 years old!) eagerly participated.
Nancy organized the pieces on the wooden base, securing them with special mosaic glue.
Mark worked with members of the synagogue maintenance staff to install the four "bejeweled" wooden pieces.
Each contribution was unique--- some included images from magazines, others were of drawings-- all were magnificent.
Everything fit beautifully together!
Temple Sinai Atlanta
Sandy Springs, GA
Sometime in the Spring of 2019 Nancy got a telephone call from a synagogue educator in Atlanta, Georgia. Marisa Kaiser had heard that Nancy was an experienced facilitator of community art projects and she had an idea to involve as many people as possible in "some kind of interactive project" that would become a permanent fixture in the building.
The synagogue was just finishing off a major renovation and Marisa envisioned a mosaic that could be created on the school's opening day and involve all the students in the Sunday "Noar" program, some of the parents and other adults, and, wouldn't it be great to include all of the pre-schoolers as well?
Marisa had a vision.
Nancy believed she could facilitate the actualization of Marisa's vision.
The synagogue community made it happen!
...And it was good!