Kickoff for Tamworth’s 250th Mosaic Mural Project on 12/17. Come brainstorm!

Please join Arts Council of Tamworth and mural artist David Fichter on Thursday, December 17, 6:30 PM at Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth for the kickoff event for the Tamworth’s 250th Mosaic Mural Project.

What is the Mosaic Mural Project? In honor of Tamworth’s 250th anniversary, Arts Council of Tamworth will bring mural artist David Fichter to work with Brett students and area residents (you don’t have to live in Tamworth) on the creation of two large glass mosaics or several mural panels celebrating the attributes—historical, cultural, ecological—that make Tamworth special to those of us who live and spend time here. Students and community members will design and contribute elements that Fichter will incorporate into a mural template. Community members and students will work together to build the mural in March 2016 and we will also provide opportunities for families, high school students and area residents to work on the mosaics outside of school hours. We hope everyone will place at least one symbolic tile on the mosaic! The murals will be installed on the left-hand front of the Brett School, a town-owned building and a location that will be visible to everyone who drives by.

The kickoff event is an opportunity to learn more about the project and begin the communal work of designing it. Fichter will show images of similar projects and explain the process, and then participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm design elements. Questions to get you thinking: What do you love about Tamworth? What are important parts of its history or heritage you believe should be included in the mosaic? What resources do you know of—historical images, sayings, poems, places—that would be helpful to the artist? Participants are also invited to bring images such as old photos that Fichter might be able to incorporate into the design. We will scan them and return them to you over the course of the evening. Read more about how to contribute images here—the deadline is January 28.

Artist David Fichter has been creating community murals and mosaics for over 30 years, working all over the United States and in other countries, including Armenia, Georgia, and Nicaragua. He has worked with youth of all ages on over 200 permanent murals, in addition to another 70 commissioned projects.

Big thanks to The Tamworth Foundation for a generous grant in support of this project. You can donate in support of this project here.

Thanks to Arts Council of Tamworth media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun93.5 WMWV, and Magic104FM.