With funding from YVCF, we were able to provide an educational program for nine apprentices creating dozens of mosaics, and install four new large mosaics in downtown Tieton.
Apprentices ranged from high school and college students to retirees, and from a range of occupations like a jeweler, a seamstress, a construction tile worker. The studio is a fun and engaging environment; and shifts are kept to typically 2 - 4 hours to hold attention and keep apprentices engaged.The apprentices worked on several mosaics that were permanently installed for public viewing in downtown Tieton, two mosaics in the Tieton City Park, a "Highland" plaid mosaic and "Tie-It-On in Tieton" based off of a historic Cubberley Orchard label, a third sign for the new "Highland Clinic". The materials, framing and installation of these mosaics was possible thanks to YVCF. Funding also provided for apprentices to do prototyping and try new techniques on a dozen small mosaics.
By installing public mosaics that use words like "Tieton", "Highland" and referencing historic fruit labels, we are building an understanding of our place and its importance. These new mosaics around the city square are complemented by other mosaic projects that YVCF and other granting organizations helped fund including the city signage for the NEA "Our Town" grant and Tieton History Project plaques. City signage - such as "Welcome to Tieton" and park signs - encourage young people to stay here in Tieton, new families and businesses to move in, as well as new visitors to come and enjoy these public works. The history plaques each tell a story and list the businesses and residents, revealing a rich and colorful past as well as a vector for growth over time. The feeling of permanence that mosaics bring is invigorating.
You can learn more about Tieton Arts and Humanities on their website.