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Mosaic Sponsor Feature: Fifth Third Bank

There’d be no Mosaic Film Experience (Mosaic) without the generosity of our West Michigan community and allies. One community member who’s teamed up with Mosaic in a more hands-on-way this year is Patrick Lonergan, the

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Mosaic Spotlight: Skot Welch

Skot Welch had never been to a film festival when he decided to start one. Nine years later, Skot’s Mosaic Film Experience (Mosaic) is coming up on a decade of beautiful creativity that’s brought the

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Mosaic Spotlight: Derk Baartman

One of Derk Baartman’s favorite aspects of the Mosaic Film Experience (Mosaic) is this: he gets to provide today’s students with creative opportunities he wishes he had as a student. Derk, Vice President of Mosaic,

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2020 Mosaic Event Speaker Spotlight: MUV

The Mosaic Film Experience recently sat down with Carlos Rosas, Chief of Production at MUV, a transmedia company headquartered in Mexico City. Carlos Rosas and CEO Gabriela Acosta will be keynote presenters at the ninth

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Audio / Sound

You’re reviewing your footage and it’s beautiful – great! Did you make sure you had good audio? No matter how great your film looks, if the audience can’t hear your subject(s), it’s hard to keep

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Lighting

Lighting, like everything else in film, affects emotion and can either add or detract from the story you are trying to tell. Here are some tips and things to keep in mind: Be resourceful! How

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Meet the winners of Mosaic Mobile 2019!

The Mosaic Mobile film competition encourages high school and college students to shoot, edit, and submit a short film, using only their mobile device. Each annual competition has a unique theme, prop, and saying that

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Recap: Mosaic Event 2019

Inspiration, creativity, and passion filled The Wealthy Theater during the 8th annual Mosaic Film Experience on November 6 and 7. More than 500 students from Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent ISD, and other Michigan schools braved

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Youth Voices Creating Conversation

Strong communities celebrate diversity and empower individuals to make their voices heard. The Grand Rapids community displays its strength, by turning these words into acts of positive social change. We exemplify our strengths and commitment

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Get ready for Mosaic Mobile 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Our Mosaic Mobile film competition is back. Mosaic Mobile content is about challenging the conventions of a “film competition.” By using mobile devices to level the playing

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Mosaic Mobile is back!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Mosaic Mobile, a short film competition for Michigan high school and college students is back! Mosaic Mobile challenges the conventions of storytelling, celebrates critical thinking and creativity

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Mosaic at the Museum

1 museum. 2 Mosaic education leads. 13 students. 2 field trips. 5 days. We kicked off summer with a week-long mobile filmmaking camp at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. With the Changing America exhibit as a

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Inspiring Innovation

As a kid, you’re taught to use your imagination. As an adult, you sometimes forget it was a skill you even possessed. We strive to educate youth on ways to harness the power of their

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Achieving Belonging

As human beings, we seek purpose through working, exploring, and building relationships. At the heart of each of our journeys, is the desire to find the place where we belong. Imagine a student’s first day

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RECAP: 2018 Mosaic Film Experience Event

The 7th annual Mosaic Film Experience event took place on November 7 and 8 at the Wealthy Theater. The Mosaic Film Experience is a full-day, interactive experience that provides students with access to industry professionals

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Live the Life You Imagined

On Wednesday, November 7 SpartanNash, Network of Executive Women, and The Mosaic Film Experience hosted the Carla Moore: Power Lunch. Carla Moore, who currently serves as the Vice President of Sales Strategy and Education for

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The Next Generation of Creativity

“Storytelling is the basis for everything in our society. The way we interact, build, communicate, live, and dream all derives from it.” – Skot Welch, Founder of The Mosaic Film Experience We welcomed more than

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Carla Moore: Power Lunch

Presented in conjunction with SpartanNash, Network of Executive Women, and The Mosaic Film Experience Join Network of Executive Women, SpartanNash, and The Mosaic Film Experience for a luncheon featuring special guest Carla Moore.  An empowering

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The Next Generation of Creativity Luncheon 2018

Join us as we celebrate 2018 endeavors and look to future opportunities. Throughout the past year, we successfully partnered with multiple area schools and youth-centered nonprofit organizations to complete eight after school educational programs, launched

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ArtPrize On Screen

150 Grand Rapids Public School students gathered at the ArtPrize Hub on September 21 to view a special ArtPrize On Screen showing of “Long Time Coming: A 1995 Baseball Story.” The Mosaic Film Experience and

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City Stories: Reflections at ArtPrize

Following the ArtPrize 10 Opening Ceremonies, young filmmakers, their families, and other spectators gathered in the parking lot across Rosa Parks Circle next to the Ledyard Building to watch three silent films directed and produced

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Standing Up for Michigan Arts Programs

On April 18, Mosaic Film Experience partnered with Creative Many to advocate for Michigan arts programs. Creative Many is a statewide organization that develops creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive

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More Art Upstairs

In our latest Mosaic Community event, we teamed with ArtPrize and Celebration Cinema on November 30 to host more than 500 Grand Rapids Public Schools students for ArtPrize OnScreen, a two-hour session that included the

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Mosaic Film Experience YouTube Project

You watch YouTube, right? Have you ever thought about creating your own content and sharing your unique story? The popularity of young, independent content creators is changing our world. Whether it’s your school, your friends

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RECAP: 2017 Mosaic Film Experience Event

The Mosaic Film Experience uses the platform of digital media to provide students with an opportunity to tell their unique stories and equip them with the critical thinking, collaborative, and creative skills necessary for career

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What Makes an Icon?

On Thursday, November 9, the Mosaic Film Experience hosted an event centered on one question: What makes an icon? The event was held at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and was tied into the museum’s

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Film, Fashion, and Art

On Wednesday, November 8, at GVSU’s Loosemore auditorium in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Mosaic Film Experience hosted an evening of film screenings and a panel discussion about film, fashion, and art. The night began with

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Mosaic Film Experience 2017

Students and teachers who attend the Mosaic Film Experience can expect a day filled with career exploration, interactive workshops, and film screenings to encourage a more informed and active approach to consuming and producing media

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We Are The Stories We Tell Ourselves

The Mosaic Film Experience partnered with ArtPrize to emphasize the power of storytelling.   On September 21, more than 150 high school students descended upon the ArtPrize STEAM Village for a Mosaic panel discussion: “We Are

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Mosaic Film Experience Visits SXSW

The Mosaic Film Experience team recently attended SXSW in Austin, Texas to discuss some big ideas and meet some amazing people. While in Austin, Derk Baartman and the founder of the Mosaic Film Experience, Skot Welch, and stopped by

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