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Mosaic Art - a community collaboration

Clients, family members, staff, and neighbours came together over three days to create a truly collaborative piece of art. From March 6 – 8, everyone was invited to attend one of the three drop-in sessions, held in the Queen Street Community Centre Mall, to create a mosaic piece that will be installed in the new Intergenerational Wellness Centre. The sessions were well attended and participants enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of an art project and the new CAMH redevelopment.

How It All Got Started

Following a call for submissions and adjudication procedures, Workman Arts commissioned artist Michael Morbach to create a new work to be translated into a large scale mosaic mural for the main lobby wall in the new Intergenerational Wellness Centre. In addition, five smaller works inspired by this main mural will be installed in the building’s hallway adjoining the lobby.

The original painting by artist Michael Morbach is coming to life as CAMH staff, clients, and community members participate in transforming the artwork into mosaic pieces.

The translation of the original artwork to mosaic has been facilitated by professional mosaic artists and executed by a team of Workman Arts artists. The five smaller pieces are being executed by five groups, including enthusiastic clients from CAMH’s geriatric, youth, and adult programs, as well as staff, families, and community members, with approximately 12 Workman Arts artists acting as assistant facilitators.

“There has been an overwhelming response to the mosaic project from our geriatric clients,” enthused Nargess Zahraei, Clinical Transition Manager, CAMH Geriatric Mental Health Program. “It was really amazing to witness their excitement. The clients quickly became engaged with the project and saw it as a truly therapeutic healing session.”

A photo of a mosaic panel completed by clients and staff of the Geriatric Mental Health Program.

Involving the youth in this project was a great opportunity for them to “participate in something that has permanence – so important for young people to be able to ‘make their mark’, especially in a way that is endorsed by CAMH and established artists,” offered Alison Watson, Advance Practice Nurse, Concurrent Youth Inpatient Unit.

Dr. Corine Carlisle, Clinic Head, Youth Addictions & Concurrent Disorders Service, was “surprised by the power of participating in this project. The visual art piece itself, the trust placed in us by the artist to build the art into a mosaic, how it takes many small pieces to build the bigger picture – all this was symbolic for me of the work we undertake with our clients. It was very empowering and very humbling.”

Opportunities for Artists

For the 12 Workman Arts artists involved, this project has created immersive professional opportunities as they have received in-depth, hands-on training in the mosaic medium and design techniques. They have also been able to develop skills as trainers by assisting with the facilitation of the smaller ieces.

The Mosaic – An Enduring Legacy, A Community Collaboration

The mosaic project will be an enduring legacy created by a community of CAMH and Workman Arts artists that will be enjoyed by clients, families, and community members alike.

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