Green Street Arts Center Dedicates Community Garden, Mosaic Project

During Wesleyan's Green Street Arts Center Open House June 14, community members completed a community garden and mosaic project.

During Wesleyan’s Green Street Arts Center Open House June 14, community members completed a community garden and mosaic project.

The AfterSchool students made their own pebble mosaics which are now part of the permanent installation in front of the building. The garden was dedicated on June 14.

The AfterSchool Program students made their own pebble mosaics which are now part of the permanent installation in front of the building. The garden was dedicated on June 14.

"The goal was to create a common space to celebrate the integration of art, math, and science – a space that serves as a beautiful entryway to Green Street, a living laboratory for education programs, and an artful representation of our community here in the North End of Middletown," said Sara MacSorley, director of the Green Street Arts Center.

“The goal was to create a common space to celebrate the integration of art, math and science – a space that serves as a beautiful entryway to Green Street, a living laboratory for education programs, and an artful representation of our community here in the North End of Middletown,” said Sara MacSorley, director of the Green Street Arts Center.

The project started last year as a collaboration between the Green Street Arts Center AfterSchool Program, teaching artist and nationally known mosaicist Debora Aldo, and members of the Middletown community.

The project started last year as a collaboration between the Green Street Arts Center AfterSchool Program, teaching artist and nationally known mosaicist Debora Aldo, and members of the Middletown community. Aldo and Green Street’s teaching staff developed garden-based activities for a series of elementary and middle school students to explore the plant cycle, plant identification, weather cycle, pattern making, and using spatial skills to make the mosaics.

"Every day they come to Green Street, the students will be able to see and show off their work," MacSorley said.

“Every day they come to Green Street, the students will be able to see and show off their work,” MacSorley said.

The project was supported by a Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Arts Catalyze Placemaking Grant.

The project was supported by a Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Arts Catalyze Placemaking Grant. (Photos by Olivia Drake)