Over the past 20 years, nearly 18,000 glazed ceramic tiles have been created for a unique Kansas City AIDS awareness project called Mosaic. Area high schools, youth groups, and artists have donated time and talent to produce a yearly exhibit in the theme “A World Without AIDS”. The participants develop their own concepts, which are interpreted using glaze on 6″ x 6″ ceramic tiles. All supplies for the project are provided by the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City or donated by local businesses.
Thousands of people have seen the exhibit. The exhibit installation has been held for many years in the Art Lobby of the Chair Building during “First Friday” gallery openings in the Crossroads Art District of Kansas City, Missouri. The installations are impressive and thought-provoking, and Mosaic has become an integral part of the pre-event activities for AIDS Walk Kansas City, the region’s largest AIDS awareness fundraising effort.
Schools or youth groups who are interested in participating in this important project can contact Greg Hugeback at 816-531-4606 to join the local AIDS fight and to help raise awareness among our youth, one of the groups with the fastest rising HIV infection rates.
MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of Mosaic is to increase education, outreach and awareness of HIV/AIDS through the lens of art by engaging the youth of our community.
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
The Mosaic Committee includes Lori Buntin, Janie Foltz, Greg Hugeback, Cathryn Simmons, S. Sloane Simmons, Catherine Stark-Corn, and Harl Van Deursen.