Join Thompson Child and Family Focus for the public installation of a community-inspired, mixed-media mosaic mural that will grace the facade of its new Thompson Family Services building in Charlotte’s Grier Heights neighborhood November 15-17, 2013. This 170-square-foot mosaic, composed of more than 7,000 pieces of broken tile, mirror, and community-made ceramics, will represent the healing journey of children and families served by Thompson.
People of all ages are invited to participate in the three-day assembly and installation process, which will be managed by mural designer and ceramic artist Leslie Scott of. Scott designed the mural to create an opportunity for diverse groups of people throughout the community to collaborate in the making of textured ceramic pieces. Children and family clients, staff and donors of Thompson have been joined by individuals and groups from the Grier Heights community in the making of these ceramic pieces since early October, making this a true community work of art.
Since 2004, Scott has been involved in the creation of large-scale, community-inspired works of arts for schools, nonprofits and community centers in California. As a recent Charlotte transplant, she has also designed mosaic murals for the Jewish Community Center in Charlotte, N.C.
The Grier Heights Thompson Family Services Center will provide education, care and intensive support for some of the region’s most at-risk populations. Programs at this facility will include Foster Care, Outpatient Therapy, Intensive in-home services, School-based Intervention Therapy, Parent Education, Family Partners and Family Mentors. Thompson will serve more than 1,000 children and families from this new campus.
There will be a public unveiling of the mural on Thursday, December 5 at 9 a.m. at the Thompson Family Services Center in Grier Heights.
Do you want to participate?
Sign up in advance at www.thompsoncff.org/mosaic.html. Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
Location: Thompson Family Services Center, 769 N. Wendover Rd.
Volunteer Opportunities Schedule:
- Fri., Nov. 15 (3:30 to 5 p.m.) – design, transfer, breaking and sorting tiles
- Sat., Nov. 16 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) – setting mosaic
- Sun., Nov. 17 (10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) – grouting mosaic and final polishing
About Thompson Child & Family Focus
Thompson Child & Family Focus is a Charlotte, N.C.-based nationally accredited nonprofit agency changing the lives of at-risk children and families through therapy, education and care. Last year, Thompson served more than 16,000 children and families across North and South Carolina from its four distinct campuses specializing in clinical and behavioral treatment, developmental education and proactive care. With almost 400 employees, and a 127-year-old mission of care, Thompson serves children and families through healing, teaching, worship and play.