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 can you use existing light sources to light your scene? Can you open a curtain, use a bounce-board, get innovative […]

Innovation Journeys Video Challenge Resources

We believe you are the next generation of storytellers. Use this challenge to practice crafting a story and connecting with an audience. Media Literacy: Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms. Developing these skills are important as you become a storyteller and learn to navigate […]

Mariah Barrera shares ‘what she knows’ at The Listening Room

Since the first humans gathered together, we naturally find our way to chairs around campfires or couches in our living rooms to tell stories. Continuing the tradition, Mosaic Community supported the second episode of the local community listening project, I Don’t Know What You Know, as the non-profit partner. This partnership provided the exciting opportunity for City […]

Honoring Black History Month through Art, Film, Community

In one evening at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, seven high school students from Careerline Tech Center conducted five interviews and documented Fifth Third Bank’s private event, in honor of Black History Month. Initiated by Fifth Third Bank, this exciting storytelling partnership provided the opportunity for Mosaic Community to expand their ever-growing outreach. Guided by Careerline Tech Center […]

Exploring the sights, minus the sounds, of wordless storytelling at the GRAM

Historically, silent films were an iconic experience because of their ability to deliver a story without audible dialogue or sound effects. As production technology evolved, audio effects allowed characters to talk, laugh, and sing as they told their story, usually accompanied by sound effects and a musical score. Inspired by their latest featured exhibit, David […]

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 the students must implement into their pieces. This year, the theme was belonging, the prop was signs, and the words […]

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 the first snowfall of the season to attend two full days of workshops and presentations from local creative professionals and […]

Recap: An Evening with Oscar Winner and Filmmaker Kevin Willmott

In collaboration with The Midwest Tech Project, we provided West Michigan with the opportunity to spend an insightful evening with 2018 Oscar winner Kevin Willmott at Studio Park. Awarded a 2018 Academy Award for co-writing BlacKkKlansman with Spike Lee, Kevin told the story of how his humble Kansas origins inspired him to tell stories and […]

Get Ready for the 2019 Mosaic Film Experience Event

Here is everything you need to know for the 2019 Mosaic Film Experience Event. For the eight-consecutive year, the Mosaic Event will provide high school students with unprecedented access to nationally renowned film and creative industry professionals. Students will experience a unique, full-day, student-centered digital media and 21st-century career skills. The Wealthy Theater in Grand […]

Finalists announced for student mobile film contest, public vote to determine winner

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – October 25, 2019 – The Mosaic Film Experience today announced the 10 high school finalist films from its 2019 Mosaic Mobile film contest, an annual mobile storytelling competition where students shoot, edit and submit films on mobile devices. Cash prizes include $1,000 to first place, $500 to second place and $250 […]

A Conversation with Mariah Barrera and Brooks Welch

In our world of creativity and community, we feel inspired by stories of young artists discovering their passions and spreading their wings into new realms of creative possibilities. This summer, two incredibly talented and creative artists, with roots in Grand Rapids, took the leap and headed to New York City, to pursue their passions. East […]

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 to community through our partnerships. In our third year partnering with The West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) and […]