Mission Hill students’ art graces Soquel Avenue bridge

Dedication: June 1, 4-5 pm
Soquel Avenue Bridge

Through a creative strategy, art teacher Kathleen Crocetti used crowd-sourced funding and a partnership between the City of Santa Cruz, our public schools and our students to bring to life a stunning display of public art. The City Arts Commission visited Mission Hill Middle School on Tuesday May 15th to choose 90 mosaics for installation on the Soquel bridge over the San Lorenzo River. Each mosaic measures 14” by 41” and took students 6 weeks to complete. The theme for these mosaics is agricultural products of Santa Cruz County, featuring strawberries, avocados, chickens, and sheep to squash, leeks and pumpkins. Community members helped to the tiles on the bridge posts; students took field trips from school to grout their work.

This project exemplifies the best of our community, where youth contribute to our civic pride and are living proof of the importance of the high quality arts education provided in our schools. The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is a proud supporter of the Bridge Mosaic Project.

A dedication party to celebrate the City’s newest public art will be held on Friday June 1st from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  the public is invited to attend to meet the young artists.

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