Entries by Alexis Stark

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 […]

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 […]