New campus commons plans community-driven mosaic

By Morgan Rosenberger
Staff Writer

Community members may have a chance to get involved in a student-driven art installation in the new commons area coming to Prescott College. An urban art mosaic may be among new projects and renovations at the school this summer.
Prescott College students in the Art, Culture, and Socially Engaged Practices course taught by Deborah Ford pitched the idea for the mural. In this class, students learn the history and theory of art as activism, discuss what constitutes art and create individual and collaborative pieces that represent pressing social issues.

The students suggested a permanent rock and glass mosaic installation for the school’s new commons. The project will display a collage of native Arizona plants alongside information about each species, in an effort to help inform the community of Prescott about the native flora.

The mosaic’s installation would start with the new renovations coming to Prescott College. The school plans to renovate the alleyway in the middle of campus to make room for native plants, a small orchard and outdoor classroom spaces. The commons area will include information kiosks, spaces for yoga or Tai Chi, as well as bicycle parking. The design also allows for some art to be displayed throughout the new commons.

The students hope to involve the community in designing and creating the mosaic. At this time however, the initial design proposal  has not yet been approved. Watch for announcements and calls to the community for help with this project in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, stop by the Prescott College library to see the design for the new commons area as well as for new student housing. To support more native trees planted on the commons, “like” the Facebook fan page called Native Trees for Prescott College’s New Commons; for every 1,000 fans, a tree is purchased for the commons.

This article appeared in the May 2011 print edition of The Raven Review.

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