I am writing to you from the Bottineau Office to keep you posted as to how we are growing our range of services sharing with you as to some of our new projects. This article will focus on a recent creative art collaboration with Metigoshe Ministries which involved building mosaic garden tiles. At this event, campers at Pelican Lake made mosaics tiles (out of stained glass and cement), and then be gifted to the camp garden.
The purpose of this project was really two fold. The usage of stained pieces of glass represent perceptions that are sometimes formed or held by all people. It is easy to fall into the error of perceiving others in just one way, much like looking at one broken piece of glass and thinking that it is not of much value. But when we put the pieces of glass together and form a composition, it then becomes visually a real experience of seeing that pieces of broken glass form a beautiful and strong composition. Same goes for looking at ourselves and others, if we perceive just one piece of ourselves and we are critical of it in some way, we are negating looking at ourselves as a whole composition and a composition that is made beautiful and strong beyond words.
The second reason for using mosaics as a project is to visually demonstrate that a piece of glass represents an individual…and one piece of glass by itself is not nearly as powerful and impacting as many pieces of glass placed side by side with intention and in this collaborative composition. The whole is much more beautiful than any of its individual pieces.
All people have value and purpose beyond what words can say and what we can know…humans grow in ways that cannot be foreseen and that is what is phenomenal, mysterious and exciting about growth. One of my favorite humans is the late Dr. Maya Angelou and I really appreciate her many words, but these that follow are applicable to the point and purpose of this creative project…
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them”
We can decide to view ourselves and one another as strong, necessary and valuable within the composition of life. So, mosaics are just a creative way of reminding us all not to forget our value to each other and within the great scheme of things.
We would like to thank the 1st Lutheran Endowment Committee, who gifted Independence, Inc. with funds to purchase art supplies and materials for this project, and more to follow and Metigoshe Ministries staff and those we serve for being a wonderful part of our growing experience!
See a video of the dedication here.