Keystone Opportunity Center Unveals “Faces of Diversity” Mosaic Art on June 23
The “Faces of Diversity” art display will be dedicated at the Keystone Opportunity Center facility located at 104 Main Street in Souderton at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday June 23. The community is invited to attend a brief dedication and open house to celebrate the creative community collaboration and also remain along Main Street for the parade celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Souderton Borough.
According to Brenda Oelschlager, Keystone Development Officer, the art project was part of Keystone’s effort to put its best face forward for the community. “We wanted to improve the look of our facility and be recognized as the ‘key’ community organization that we are, serving the needs of individuals and families in Montgomery and Bucks counties.” After almost three years of renovations to the front façade, the mosaic art panels are the finishing touch, depicting colorful representations of the many services provided at Keystone and the varied clients served. Oelschlager commented, “Each panel represents a different Keystone program or service such as the food pantry or the homeless shelter program. We hope passers-by will become more familiar with our organization and recognize the many ways Keystone contributes to the community because of the art. We also hope the addition of the art adds to the borough’s efforts to revitalize Main Street and provide a pleasant place for people who live, work and shop in town.” The design and creation of the mosaics was coordinated through the Community Arts Initiative (CAI), part of the Indian Valley Arts Foundation. Harry Boardman, artist, designed the images and coordinated the artists’ group. Many young aspiring artists helped lay the tiles and worked with the CAI to complete the project. “It has been a wonderful creative community collaboration, from the plastering of the front façade and installation of new windows and lighting to the careful painting of the panel background and placement of each tile piece,” said Oelschlager. “We are grateful to each community member and business who helped make the ‘Faces of Diversity’ possible,” she added.
Keystone Opportunity Center is the area’s most comprehensive social services organization, serving Bucks and Montgomery counties with an array of services including the homeless shelter program, adult education with English as a Second Language, Civics and GED classes, Family Literacy program, transitional housing and more.
To learn more about Keystone, go to www.keystoneopportunity.org for volunteer information, to donate on-line or to find out about upcoming community events.
Keystone Opportunity Center will reveal the last of six mosaic art panels displayed in the front windows on June 23. The community is welcome to the brief dedication and open house at 10:00 a.m. prior to the Souderton 125th Anniversary Parade.