Entries by Alexis Stark

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 […]

Mosaic at the Museum

1 museum. 2 Mosaic education leads. 13 students. 2 field trips. 5 days. We kicked off summer with a week-long mobile filmmaking camp at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. With the Changing America exhibit as a backdrop, students ranging from seventh to tenth grade learned mobile filmmaking skills while exploring social and civil rights issues. Our […]

Creativity Meets Accessibility at Computer Science First

Imagine a place where knowledge meets technology to create something new and exciting. The 4th Annual Computer Science First event, hosted by The Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, in partnership with Google, recently celebrated the achievements of students enrolled in Google’s Computer Science First Clubs. The clubs help students identify the subjects they’re passionate about […]

Inspiring Innovation

As a kid, you’re taught to use your imagination. As an adult, you sometimes forget it was a skill you even possessed. We strive to educate youth on ways to harness the power of their imagination and incorporate it into a career path as an adult. At the 2019 Michigan Invention Convention in April, hundreds of […]

Achieving Belonging

As human beings, we seek purpose through working, exploring, and building relationships. At the heart of each of our journeys, is the desire to find the place where we belong. Imagine a student’s first day at a new school. The teacher introduces them to the rest of the class, with the instructions to make them […]

Talking Spectrum Health #MosaicMobile with Shelley Irwin

Mariah Barrera, City High Middle School student, envisions a world with more empathy and fewer divides between people. As the winner of the inaugural Spectrum Health Mosaic Mobile Student Film Competition, Mariah got the chance to sit down withOvell Barbee, diversity officer and senior vice president of human resources at Spectrum Health and Adam Russo, The […]