Mosaic of Music

Mosaic of Music

Mosaic of Music

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Date/Time

Saturday, August 12
3:00 – 6:30pm PDT

Location

Bruns Amphitheater
100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA 94563

Celebrate peacemaking through song – Join us for singing, dancing, family-friendly festivities, food, fundraising and fun!

Please join us for our family-friendly Mosaic of Music summer concert! Celebrate The Mosaic Project’s musical curriculum of songs, written and sung around the campfire by our staff and students throughout our 23-year history.

Be among the first to hear songs from our latest album LIVE! These songs, of many different genres and styles, are a mosaic of music that embraces the challenges and joys of peacebuilding.

The concert will feature Mosaic Resident Rocks stars past and present including:

  • Chano Tizon (aka SAP SOUNDS)
  • Gyasi Ross (aka Gyasi Ross)
  • Ashanti Johnson (aka Casti)
  • Maiya Lanae Evans (aka DJ Mai Girl)
  • Freya Forstall
  • the Kid’s Board Band

Arrive before the concert starts to enjoy food and beverages from the café, and participate in family activities including face painting and games. Stay after the concert for a dance party!

Doors open: 3 pm

Concert: 4-6 pm

Post-concert Dancing: 6-7pm

There is nothing that brings us more joy than spreading peace through music. We can’t wait to see you there!

About The Mosaic Project

We work toward a peaceful future by uniting children of diverse backgrounds, providing them with essential community building skills, and empowering them to become peacemakers. Our complementary work with youth and adults not only supports our youngest peacemakers, but also enables us to reach wider communities through schools, community-based organizations, and the workplace. Together, we create microcosms of the just, diverse, inclusive world we envision, demonstrate that peace is possible, and inspire action.

 

Community Fundraising Brunch 2023

Community Fundraising Brunch 2023

Community Fundraising Brunch 2023

Mosaic Brunch March 4, 2023

Celebrate the return to the Outdoor Project virtually or with friends!

We are excited to invite you to our 2023 Annual Community Fundraising Brunch! We are immensely proud of everything we accomplished together during our time away from the Outdoor Project due to the pandemic. But as we were reminded this fall, nothing compares to the powerful magic of a week in the Mosaic Woods.

Please join us to celebrate and learn more about this transformational experience! There are three ways to participate in this year’s event:

  • Attend on Zoom.
  • Host your own in-person Brunch Watching Party for your friends, family, and colleagues at your home! We will send you Mosaic-themed brunch recipes as well as decoration ideas.
  • Attend someone else’s Brunch Watching Party. If you are looking for one in your area, just let us know and we’ll hook you up!

No matter how you decide to attend, please register and select the appropriate ticket. 

This virtual extravaganza will include:

  • Firsthand accounts of the Outdoor Project’s impact from different generations of participants.
  • Personal interactions with current and future Mosaic family members.
  • Exciting updates on our progress toward the creation of our own permanent home in Castro Valley.
    Mosaic gametivities!
  • Live music played and sung by Mosaic’s Resident Rock Stars and our Children’s Board of Directors.

Schedule of Events

10:30am-11:00am: Pre-Party at our Virtual Camp on Gather

Explore a virtual model of the future camp we are creating in Castro Valley. Connect with old and new friends on this fun, interactive virtual platform. Think video game meets Zoom.

11:00am-12:30pm: Main Program (enter through Gather or directly through Zoom.)

Enjoy music, gametivities, and stories of Mosaic magic!

12:30pm-as long as you’d like: Post-Party on Gather

Continue to explore the virtual camp and connect with your old and new friends.

While this is a free, family-friendly event and there is no obligation to make a donation, it is our hope that our amazing program will inspire our guests to make a contribution that is personally meaningful to them.

Thank you for your unwavering support through the pandemic. We cannot wait to celebrate our return to the Outdoor Project with you on March 4th!

 

MOSAIC Brunch Recipes

M is for Mutual-Respect Mo-mo-mosas!

by Sandra Martin-Dent Special Projects Director

Combine in a glass:

  • 1 part freshly squeezed orange juice, chilled
  • 2 parts champagne or prosecco, chilled
  • orange slice as garnish

Variations:

  • add a splash of triple sec (optional)
  • alter the proportions of juice-to-alcohol to your taste
  • muddle berries along with the juice, then strain before pouring into the glass and garnish with a berry and mint leaf
  • add a splash of another flavor like pineapple, grapefruit, or cranberry juice

O is for Openminded Oatmeal

by Luke Hodder Prud'homme Intern

1/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup water
pinch of salt
1/2 apple, chopped
Cinnamon to taste
Milk to taste
Recommended: brown sugar, coconut, nuts, seeds, raisins

Add oats, water, salt, apple, and raisins (if using) to a pot and bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes.

Stir in cinnamon, milk, and any other add-ins of your choice.

Enjoy!

S is for Self-Respect Blueberry-Raspberry Smoothie

by Brian Lowe COO

Yield: 2-3 servings

1½ cups of Blueberries
1 Cup of Raspberries
1 large frozen banana
2 teaspoons of flax seed
1½ tablespoons of Almond Butter
1½ cups of ice
¼ cup milk (or blend to preferred viscosity)
24 grams whey protein powder (optional)

Blend to a fine puree.

You may need a spoon to serve straight from the blender!

A is for Awesome Attitude Avocado Toast

by Mika Abair Administrative & Outreach Director

Yield: 1 serving

Olive oil
2 slices sourdough bread
1-2 avocados
1 small lemon
2 large eggs, room temperature
(Garlic) salt, black pepper, red chili pepper flakes + spices of your choice

The Avocado:
Toast your bread to your liking in the toaster or oven
Cut and scoop the avocado(s) into a bowl
Squeeze a squirt of lemon
Add a sprinkle of (garlic) salt and black pepper
Smash the avocado with a fork to your liking; chunky or smooth
Spread a bit of olive oil on your bread
Add avocado spread to bread

The Egg:
Make your egg to your liking; scrambled, over easy, poached
Season it with spices of your choice
Top your avocado toast with your egg
Sprinkle some (garlic) salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes on top
Can add additional toppings to your liking
Suggestion: Everything but the Bagel seasoning *chef’s kiss*

There you have it! Your Awesome Attitude Avocado Toast

I is for Individuality “I Love Potatoes!" Hash

by Rebeca Pessoa Program Director

Yield: as many servings as you make!

Olive or Avocado oil
Garlic, minced (Beca suggests 3+ cloves!)
Onion, chopped into small pieces
Mix of potatoes, cut into small cubes (Sweet potatoes/Yukon Gold/Russet/Fingerling potatoes—whatever is your favorite kind!)
Bell pepper, chopped
Baby spinach
Cumin
Ground Coriander
Paprika
Black pepper
Salt
Feta cheese
Eggs
Fresh Parsley or Cilantro, chopped

Heat the oil in a skillet, add the onion and garlic. Cook until the onion softens and garlic is browned.

Add the potatoes and cook until the edges of the sweet potato are browned. Stir often to avoid burning. You can also put the lid on the pan for the potatoes to cook faster. Once the potatoes are tender add cumin, coriander, paprika, salt, pepper, and any of your favorite spices. Stir well then cook for a minute until the spices release their aromas.
If the pan is getting dry add 2 or 3 tablespoons of water.

Now add the bell pepper. Give it a little stir once or twice so that the sweet potato doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.

Meanwhile, fry the eggs in a separate pan or scramble them in with the potatoes.

Add the spinach last, and once it’s wilted, your dish is ready to serve!

Divide the sweet potato mixture between plates. Crumble the feta over the sweet potato hash, top with the eggs if fried, and serve with fresh parsley or cilantro on top! Enjoy!

 

C is for Community Crust-less Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche

by Tari Nicholson Board Member

Yield: 8 servings

3 cups small broccoli florets (from about 1 head of broccoli)
About 10 oz sliced mushrooms, sautéed with ½ diced onion + any other leftover veggies
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup milk
⅔ cup heavy cream
6 eggs
1 pinch nutmeg (optional)
1 t. salt (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 10-inch glass pie plate or equivalent.

Cook broccoli in a large pot of salted boiling water until crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, pat dry and scatter over the bottom pie plate. Layer the cooked veggies and scatter cheese evenly over top.

Whisk together milk, cream, eggs, (nutmeg), salt and pepper until smooth, then pour over cheese. Bake until custard is just set in center, 35 to 40 minutes. (Don’t worry if the center is trembling a little; it will cook a little more as it cools.)

Community Fundraising Brunch 2022

Community Fundraising Brunch 2022

Community Fundraising Brunch 2022

Art for Mosaic Project 2022 Brunch and Album Release

Celebrate the release of Mosaic’s new album virtually with our present and future family from around the world!

You are invited to a very special Mosaic Community Fundraising Brunch. This year’s Brunch will double as our Album Release Party! Please join us as we celebrate the release of the long-awaited Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2

When we released Volume 1 in 2003, Mosaic had barely begun. Now we have 22 years of experience writing musical curriculum and singing around the campfire with children. We are excited to share this next generation of Mosaic music and magic with you on March 5, 2022 at 10:30am PST.

This virtual extravaganza will include:

  • Personal interactions with current and future Mosaic family members.
  • Surprise musical guests.
  • Never-before-heard songs from Mosaic’s second album played live.
  • Mosaic family from around the world sharing how Mosaic lessons and music have traveled with them beyond the Mosaic Woods to serve as an invaluable anchor of justice!

About Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2:

Nearly 20 years in the making, we are excited to announce our new album! Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World, Volume 2 features songs written and sung around the campfire by Mosaic’s Residential Rock Stars throughout our history. It also features some brand-new songs that will be performed for the first time at the Brunch! This album embraces the joys, challenges, and fun of peace-building. The following are some of the songs on the album:

More songs to be announced soon!

While this is a free, family-friendly event and there is no obligation to make a donation, it is our hope that our amazing program will inspire our guests to make a contribution that is personally meaningful to them.

We cannot wait to see you on March 5th.

Peacing It Together!
The Mosaic Team

A Powerful Conversation with Marvel Head Writer Chinaka Hodge

A Powerful Conversation with Marvel Head Writer Chinaka Hodge

A Powerful Conversation with Marvel Head Writer Chinaka Hodge

An Evening With Chinaka Hodge

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

7-8pm

Join Chinaka Hodge, Head Writer of the new Marvel Disney+ series, IRONHEART, in conversation with Mosaic Board Member Kara Murray-Badal. Drawing on their shared passion for inspiring young activists, Chinaka and Kara will explore Hodge’s experience with IRONHEART, the importance of diverse representation in media, and her journey with storytelling as a tool for inspiring social change. While this is a free, family-friendly event, it is also a fundraiser for The Mosaic Project’s youth programs. We welcome donations!

In addition to the conversation, you will experience:

  • A reading of Chinaka Hodge’s poems.
  • How The Mosaic Project also inspires social change superheroes.
  • An audience Q&A with Chinaka Hodge.

About Chinaka Hodge

Born and raised in Oakland California, Chinaka Hodge is an accomplished poet, educator, playwright and screenwriter. She received her BA from NYU and studied Writing for Film and Television at USC’s Graduate School of Cinematic Arts under the prestigious Annenberg fellowship. She is a founding curator of Brave New Voices, the National Teen Poetry Festival, as well as a co-founder of Life is Living, West Oakland’s interdisciplinary arts festival.

Chinaka has served as Program Director and Associate Artistic Director at Youth Speaks and The Living Word Project. She was Visiting Editor at California Sunday Magazine, a Senior Fellow at YBCA, and served on the Board at Headlands Center for the Arts. Chinaka’s performances have been featured by TEDWomen and ACLU National. She has published 3 books, including her 2016 poetry collection, Dated Emcees.

Her writing for TV credits include NBC’s RISE; AMAZING STORIES for AppleTV+; SNOWPIERCER for TNT/HBOMax and Netflix’s THE MIDNIGHT CLUB. Her most recent credit is as the Head Writer of Disney’s IRONHEART. It tells the story of child genius Riri Williams, who reverse engineers Iron Man’s suit to create her own. As a new mother, Hodge is especially excited for Riri to inspire the social change superhero in young girls!

Virtual Friends & Family Workshop Series

Virtual Friends & Family Workshop Series

Virtual Friends & Family Workshop Series

Are you looking for an effective and creative way for your entire family to learn about creating a more just, inclusive, and peaceful world? The Mosaic Project has answered your call! We are excited to introduce The Mosaic Friends & Family Workshop Series, an interactive virtual program where everyone (not just 4th graders) can learn our unique tools for creating peace!

This series consists of seven 60-minute workshops for kids, ages 7 to 12, and four 90-minute sessions for adults. We encourage families to register together so that parents and children can practice peacemaking skills side by side.

Dates and Times

April 15 – May 27, 2021

  • Kids: Every Thursday | 4:30 – 5:30pm PST
  • Adults: Every other Thursday | 7 – 8:30pm PST
Kids hugging
Kids and Youth Leaders

Topics

  • Mosaic Agreements: Mutual Respect, Open Mindedness, Awesome Attitude, Individuality, and Community
  • Implicit Bias, Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
  • Listening, Empathy, and Assertiveness
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Interrupting Subtle and Overt Acts of Exclusion

This workshop will be offered on a sliding scale from $20 – $440 for the entire series. There will also be an opportunity to make a donation to support another family’s participation in The Mosaic Project. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact us if you would like a discount code.

Do you know of a friend, neighbor, or coworker who would appreciate an opportunity like this? We would love for you to spread the word and share widely. Space is limited, so register now! Feel free to email [email protected] with any questions. We look forward to sharing the Mosaic magic with you!

FAQs

Q:  Can I join even if I don’t have children, or if my children are outside of the age range (7-12)?
A:   Absolutely!  Come to the four adult workshops and we’ll have small breakout groups for you too.

Q:  Can I attend along with a child younger than 7?
A:  Absolutely! Just be prepared to sit with them throughout the series so you are ready to give extra explanations or support if needed.

Q:  Can I spread the word to other people?
A:  Absolutely!  Please forward this email far and wide.

Q: What will my child learn?
A: So much about how to build inclusive, just, and peaceful communities! Watch 4th-grader Coco share about what she learned from the 7-part workshop series we offered in her school.

Q: Will adults be participating with the children at the same time?
A: No, adults are not required to be present for the kid’s sessions. However, if your child needs extra support you are welcome to sit near them while they participate.