The 10-by-20-foot mosaic mural to be unveiled March 29 will feature artwork from 1,500 artists from Southwestern states and throughout North America, including residents and staff from Juliette Fowler Communities
Juliette Fowler Communities (JFC) in East Dallas has been selected as the Southwest Regional Site (first and only in this region to date) for the 2023 Mural Mosaics Global Roots Project, “America Connects,” joining additional American sites in the West (Escondido, Calif.), Midwest (Port Washington, Wis.), Southeast (Fort Myers, Fla.), and the Northeast (Bronx, N.Y.).The 10-by-20-foot mural will be unveiled on March 29, at 11 a.m., on the south wall of Pearl Nordan Care Center facing Fulton Street at Juliette Fowler Communities, located at 1234 Abrams Road.
“Mural Mosaic’s Global Roots Project is delighted to announce our collaboration with Juliette Fowler Communities in Dallas, Texas, where it is our hope that the America Connects Southwest Regional Mural will inspire artists to explore their creative potential,” said Tracy Oliver, project director, Mural Mosaic, based in Alberta, Canada. “The Southwest Regional Mural Mosaic is a testament to the creative power of connection. Created by more than 1,500 artists from the Southwestern states and throughout North America, who each painted their own unique expression of the area through individual tiles, this collective art project showcases the beauty and diversity of the Southwest. This collaborative work of art is a visual legacy reflecting that when we come together, we can create something truly special.”
Since 2003, Mural Mosaic has been creating art that celebrates unity and diversity through awe inspiring mosaic productions. Mural Mosaic’s Global Roots, which kicked off its first national mural with Canada Connects in April 2021, is a unique initiative that aims to bring people from around the world together through the power of art. Using the Mural Mosaic process invented by world-renowned artist Lewis Lavoie, the mission is to bring people together in a way that honors everyone's unique perspectives and experiences. This year Lavoie chose a tree as the symbol of connection for the American Connects project (Scroll to the bottom of this hyperlink to see the live progression of each tree mural in each American region). With each tile placed in a mural, Global Roots is reconnecting the world through the joy of art - one tile, one mural mosaic, one country at a time. Mosaics produced throughout North America are placed in settings accessible for artists who travel throughout the country to view them. Projects for spring of 2023 unveilings are also taking place internationally in Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Ireland.
“As a nonprofit always looking for ways to build community, inspire creativity, and develop connections for all generations on our campus, we feel this mosaic project perfectly illustrates the extraordinary beauty that can result when people of all ages, backgrounds, and talents come together,” said Nicole Gann, president and CEO, Juliette Fowler Communities. “It is an honor to be chosen as the Southwest regional mural recipient. We’re excited to see our Fowler Communities' tile creations come together with others from throughout the country to form a beautiful mural - a perfect display of diversity and unity!"
Participants in this project include Fowler’s Grandfriends group – youth and older adults who gather monthly to learn, create, and relate bringing the ages together and reducing the stigma of ageism; Fowler’s Artful Awakenings art group – residents with dementia who participate in a weekly art class in collaboration with the Junior League of Dallas - a Junior League of Dallas signature project; seniors who live throughout Fowler in various life stages; Fowler team members; and Fowler’s grief group.
“Through this project, we hope that the participants on our campus will realize that while each of us is a unique individual – a beautiful creation who can stand alone – we are even more beautiful when we stand together,” added Gann.
The Global Roots Project and installation of the America Connects Southwest Regional Mural is funded entirely by its participants including the production and donation of the physical mural to Juliette Fowler Communities.
Artist Lewis Lavoie and Co-Producer Paul Lavoie, both of Mural Mosaic, will be on site to participate in the unveiling on March 29 along with staff and resident artist participants.
# # #
Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages. Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing. As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in North Texas and one of only two in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Children, youth, and family services at Fowler include foster and adoption services, a residential program for women ages 18-24 at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system, and a new Youth Support Center – a one-stop location to help Dallas youth, both boys and girls ages 12-24, escape or avoid human trafficking and exploitation. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.