Touchstone Gallery Presents Communities In Schools Mosaic What We Are Made Of

By Editorial Team on January 21, 2019

Wed, 23 January 2019 - Thu, 31 January 2019

Angelo by Jason Mecier. Courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.


On View:  January 23 – 31, 2019


Touchstone Gallery is excited to announce “What We Are Made Of” exhibition by Communities In Schools (CIS). The exhibition will ask audiences to look closer and listen harder to our nation’s students who are thriving in the face of significant challenges ranging from school violence to problems at home to hunger.

This exhibit launches a yearlong campaign, What We Are Made Of, that focuses on the powerful stories within every student. Through the art exhibit, the campaign will take a deeper look at seven students and showcase their individual journeys through school and highlight the communities of support that have played a role in their success.

Featuring the work of renowned pop artist Jason Mecier, each mosaic portrait is assembled with objects from the student’s life to represent who they are as individuals as well as the life and school supports that empowered them to succeed. This vibrant collection includes portraits of seven students from across the country. Their stories represent a multidimensional view of the challenges and triumphs students across America experience every day.

“Too many of today’s youth are painted in broad strokes, often labeled as socalled problems to be dealt with. As a result, their potential goes unrealized,” said Communities In Schools President & CEO Dale Erquiaga. What We Are Made Of’ will demonstrate that when we take a closer look at this generation—when we go beyond labels and really examine the social and emotional factors that make these young people who they are—we begin to understand the richer story today’s students have to tell.”

Communities In Schools is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside 2,300 schools across the country, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids – regardless of the challenges they may face – have whatever they need to realize their potential. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Pop Artist Jason Mecier creates one-of-a-kind mosaic portraits. He meticulously fabricates anybody out of anything, from Kevin Bacon out of bacon, to Honey Boo Boo out of 25 lbs. of trash. Jason’s artwork has been featured everywhere from Entertainment Weekly to The New York Times, on TV shows like Glee, Rachel Ray and TMZ, as well as music videos by Pink and Pitbull. His portraits are hanging in Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museums and countless celebrity homes. For more information, visit

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