Intergenerational mosaic brings community together

By Danielle Chesney
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING – Every Thursday after school, Kelly Arndt ushers seniors from the Prime Time Senior Program to MacDonald Middle School to work with Visual Arts Teacher Lauren Engler and her Art Club students on two panels of an intergenerational mosaic. The collaborative project has kept the groups busy since November, but their hard work will create an enduring art piece for the entire East Lansing community to enjoy. Arndt and Engler hatched the idea for the mosaic in June after last year’s mosaic project in honor of Matt Epling, said Engler. Engler said Arndt had heard about Epling’s mosaic, facilitated by Engler, at the East Lansing Art Festival, and contacted her about creating another mosaic incorporating multiple generations. They involved Special Education Teacher Amanda Moran and her students with a panel of the mosaic, as well.