What I’ve Learned From The Mosaics

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Joining the Art Force 5, I had many questions regarding the mosaics and who we’d be painting for each mosaic. I was told various names that were all unfamiliar to me, and because of that I suggested different people. I wasn’t sure why painting someone that I hadn’t learned about made me suggest other people, but I felt like it’d be more comfortable and relatable to today’s youth but I then realized, the point is to celebrate someone we don’t know about. A lot of today’s youth would agree that today’s conflict is the one that needs the most attention, but why wouldn’t we learn the history of previous conflicts and those people who paved the way for our current lives?

When I first came, we learned about Sgt. Henry Johnson, a hero from the first African-American unit of the US Army, fighting off a raid of German soldiers on his own. We then painted a mosaic on Lt. James Reese Europe, who was apart of the 369th regiment (along with Sgt. Henry Johnson) and a big pioneer for jazz music. We painted Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid revolutionary and a political leader that became the president of South Africa with nothing but peace. Currently, we’re working on Joyce Kilmer, a prolific poet whose work celebrated nature. Learning about these individuals make me appreciate my life today, also inspiring me to strive and to continue pushing forward. Seeing their previous struggles helps me reflect upon my own, and I think that’s something that everyone should know.

What are some things you have learned from our mosaics? Is there one you hope us see to do in the future? Let me know in the comments below! Have a wonderful day!

-3D the Sculptor

(Michael Perez)

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