Public Art


From March – June 2012, I did a Placemaking internship with artist Karla Christensen.

The internship was aimed at strengthening community and enriching local culture via public art and Placemaking.  –Specifically, Karla and I brought together multiple generations for the shared experience of creating an 8′ X 10′  outdoor mosaic, “Tea and Scenery “on the south facing wall of Revelations Cafe in Fairfield, Iowa.


The completed mural now serves not only to beautify the city, but as a reminder of just how inspiring and powerful collective vision can be.  

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Karla is a mosaic artist who has completed two public art projects partially funded by grants from the Iowa Arts Council and The Fairfield Cultural Alliance.  Both mosaics were built with the help of local volunteers, using donated, recycled materials.  This will be her third city beautification project.

In addition to doing public art, Karla sells her studio work–which includes mosaics and painted tile works.  She has studied many mosaic styles–from classic forms to modern invention.  She also has many years of experience as a teacher, administrator and public relations coordinator, as well as experience in grant writing and project planning.

**Other aspects of the internship included:  gathering and overseeing volunteers of all ages,  writing press releases, and learning the technicalities of grant writing.


View more of Karla’s work at:



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