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Mosaic Project: Community Collaborates to Support OSH Students, Families

Apr 28, 2016 04:06PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Osseo Senior High Community Mosaic Project (photo provided by Osseo Senior High teacher Elie Bengston)

If you have walked the halls at Osseo Senior High this school year, chances are the Community Mosaic Project has caught your eye.

“My husband and I saw a similar project out in Door County [Wisconsin],” Mosaic Project organizer and Osseo Senior High Chemistry Teacher Elie Bengston said. “The mosaic was so powerful and inspirational that we thought we could do something similar here.”     

As a result, the Osseo Community Mosaic Project was born.

The concept behind the project, according to Bengston, is to create awareness for the visual arts while raising money for local families in need.

Last fall, free 6x6 inch canvases were handed out to the community, material costs funded by the Osseo Lions Club. Each tile was then transformed into a work of art as community members of all ages, from beginner to professional, designed their tiles. The individual pieces were put together to create the larger community mosaic.

 “The idea is that the wall represents our community as whole,” Bengston said.

As a way for school supporters to be part of the project, each tile was assigned a secret number on the back.

“People are able to make a donation and choose a number,” Bengston said. “At the conclusion of the project, the wall will be taken down and the tiles sent to the person who chose that number.”

Funds received from the Community Mosaic Project will be donated to the Osseo Senior High counselor’s fund to assist with needs that may arise with students and their families.

The wall is anticipated to remain up at Osseo Senior High until the end of May. With a month left to go, approximately $500 has been raised. However, many canvases remain available.

“People love the project,” Bengston said of the community response. “Many staff has donated to receive a tile for their offices or classrooms. Community members were excited to be a part of it. The students who have donated a tile feel such pride when they see the project.”

Donation details:  Remaining numbers available and the donation form details are located on the Osseo Senior High website here:

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