Entries by Alexis Stark

Mariah Barrera shares ‘what she knows’ at The Listening Room

Since the first humans gathered together, we naturally find our way to chairs around campfires or couches in our living rooms to tell stories. Continuing the tradition, Mosaic Community supported the second episode of the local community listening project, I Don’t Know What You Know, as the non-profit partner. This partnership provided the exciting opportunity […]

Honoring Black History Month through Art, Film, Community

In one evening at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, seven high school students from Careerline Tech Center conducted five interviews and documented Fifth Third Bank’s private event, in honor of Black History Month. Initiated by Fifth Third Bank, this exciting storytelling partnership provided the opportunity for Mosaic Community to expand their ever-growing outreach. As […]

Exploring the sights, minus the sounds, of wordless storytelling at the GRAM

Historically, silent films were an iconic experience because of their ability to deliver a story without audible dialogue or sound effects. As production technology evolved, audio effects allowed characters to talk, laugh, and sing as they told their story, usually accompanied by sound effects and a musical score. Inspired by their latest featured exhibit, David […]

Meet the winners of Mosaic Mobile 2019!

The Mosaic Mobile film competition encourages high school and college students to shoot, edit, and submit a short film, using only their mobile device. Each annual competition has a unique theme, prop, and saying that the students must implement into their pieces. This year, the theme was belonging, the prop was signs, and the words […]

Recap: Mosaic Event 2019

Inspiration, creativity, and passion filled The Wealthy Theater during the 8th annual Mosaic Film Experience on November 6 and 7. More than 500 students from Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent ISD, and other Michigan schools braved the first snowfall of the season to attend two full days of workshops and presentations from local creative professionals and […]

Recap: An Evening with Oscar Winner and Filmmaker Kevin Willmott

In collaboration with The Midwest Tech Project, we provided West Michigan with the opportunity to spend an insightful evening with 2018 Oscar winner Kevin Willmott at Studio Park. Awarded a 2018 Academy Award for co-writing BlacKkKlansman with Spike Lee, Kevin told the story of how his humble Kansas origins inspired him to tell stories and […]

A Conversation with Mariah Barrera and Brooks Welch

In our world of creativity and community, we feel inspired by stories of young artists discovering their passions and spreading their wings into new realms of creative possibilities. This summer, two incredibly talented and creative artists, with roots in Grand Rapids, took the leap and headed to New York City, to pursue their passions. East […]

Youth Voices Creating Conversation

Strong communities celebrate diversity and empower individuals to make their voices heard. The Grand Rapids community displays its strength, by turning these words into acts of positive social change. We exemplify our strengths and commitment to community through our partnerships. In our third year partnering with The West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) and […]

A Celebration of Community and Collaboration

With sparkling cider in glass champagne flutes, Dale Robertson, President of the Grand Rapids Public Museum, led the room in a toast to celebrate The Mosaic Film Experience and the Westside Collaborative, each “creating a unique West Michigan museum exhibit experience.” The long-awaited community interviews project, directed and filmed through the extensive efforts of our […]

Get ready for Mosaic Mobile 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Our Mosaic Mobile film competition is back. Mosaic Mobile content is about challenging the conventions of a “film competition.” By using mobile devices to level the playing field, students can focus on storytelling through creativity, collaboration and critical thinking skills needed in content creation. Mosaic Mobile is […]