Several years ago, mosaic artist, Virginia Dains led an effort to create a series of water themed mosaic art pieces for display at the Placer Hills community pool located in Meadow Vista, California. Virginia brought the uncompleted mosaics to a number of community events and festivals where many, many community members helped put tiles in place. While Virginia and her artist friends were able with the help of the community to create the mosaic designs, funds were needed to purchase framing and installation materials. In addition, Virginia welcomed help from youth volunteers willing to complete the mosaic designs with background tiles, grout the mosaics, and paint the backs of the frames.
How has 4-H helped?
The Placer Hills 4-H Community Service Project group met with Virginia on a number of occasions to add tiles to the mosaic designs, grout the tiles in place, and paint the backs of the frames. Funds provided through a civic engagement grant were used to purchase framing and installation materials. Several adult community members volunteered their time to install the frames at the pool park. Since some of the framed pieces weighed well over 100 pounds, it was decided that the 4-H kids would not assist with the installation. But the youth did paint the backs of the frames. The Placer Hills 4-H Community Service group also partnered with the Meadow Vista Lions Club to provide an opening day celebration at the Placer Hills Pool on June 9, 2012 during which the beautiful mosaics were unveiled. 4-H in general and the civic engagement grant program were promoted during the opening day party. The Auburn Recreation District assisted by printing several promotional flyers that were displayed prominently around Meadow Vista and surrounding communities.
Our group was proud to be the first 4-H club in Placer County to be awarded a civic engagement gant and it is our hope that many clubs will follow in our footsteps.
-Placer Hills 4-H
Eleven mosaic art pieces created by the community for the community are now on permanent display at the Placer Hills Pool to be enjoyed for many years to come. Our hope is that the youth who helped with this project will be able to return to the pool as adults and recall how they were able to make a positive difference in their community. Our group was proud to be the first 4-H club in Placer County to be awarded a civic engagement grant and it is our hope that many clubs will follow in our footsteps. 4-H member Madeline said that she had a lot of fun learning how to make mosaics from start to finish. Madeline is especially proud of the butterfly mosaic that she worked on for the first time six years ago when she was just four years old – the butterfly which is now hanging on the pool building.