We are creating “A Love Letter to Gainesville”, a community-engaged mosaic mural called the HeART wall. From November 2023 through May 2024, local artist in residence Sarah Hinds will host HeART gatherings in schools, community centers, and parks, creating over 1,500 individual mosaic hearts with local residents. Each heart will represent a thread in the vibrant fabric of our community, woven together to form a powerful visual symbol of unity and creativity.
This monumental mural will be installed in July 2024 near Depot Park, and embodies the boundless potential of collaborative art.
The City of Gainesville, UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine, and local artists are partnering to engage our local community with collaborative arts and culture programming. Your community – our community – will be part of this legacy of public art. Our hope is that the HeART wall reflects the vibrant spirit of Gainesville, where art thrives in our schools and communities. We believe in the arts as a catalyst for health, healing, and connection. The HeART wall nurtures a sense of belonging and well-being while enriching the overall identity, and beauty of the place we proudly call home.
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Photos from the makings of the HeART Wall!
Troop 800 and Troop 995 made mosaic hearts with their families, led by artist in residence Sarah Hinds.
Community members made mosaic hearts at the HeART Wall Happy Hour hosted at Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW)
Kids Count afterschool program in the Duval Neighborhood in Gainesville
Alachua County art and music teachers created HeART Wall hearts during their bi-annual Wellness Workshop.
Students at Alachua Elementary School contribute green hearts to the future mosaic wall.
Artists in residence, AIM administrators, and community members make their hearts.
How it all began:
Artist Jennifer Kuhns of JK mosaic led a weekly mosaic program for at-risk teens at Choice High School in Washington State for 5 years. In January 2017, she launched a mural project for the side of the high school. They made mosaic hearts in class and with the community all year. Here’s a picture of her completed mural:
Jennifer and Cherie Bosela of Luna Mosaics then teamed up to coordinate a second, more ambitious version of the mural in Orlando. Cherie coordinated volunteers and managed the installation of over 1000 hearts from all over the world. In 2023, Cherie expanded the mural through a grant from the city. Find out more about the Diversity mural here.
Artist Sarah Hinds volunteered to help with installation of the Diversity mural and was inspired. She reached out to Jennifer and Cherie for their blessing and began dreaming of installing the third heart mural in Gainesville, Florida.
With the help of the Art in Public Places Trust and the City of Gainesville, Gainesville Regional Utilities, The Alachua County School Board, the Florida Division of Arts and Culture, Children’s Miracle Network and more, this vision will become a reality in July of 2024.