A prospective apprentice at work. Photo by Ed Marquand.
The NEA grant will support the Tieton Mosaic Project, including mosaic installations, an artisan apprenticeship program, community engagement, and student workshops. Local residents will be selected and trained as apprentices to produce and install mosaic signs and designs on public buildings and civic spaces. The project will establish a bold visual identity for the city and an artisan training program for residents to acquire skills in mosaic making. Partners include the City of Tieton, Tieton Arts & Humanities, and Mighty Tieton. Tieton has a population of 1,191 people and 64 percent of residents are Hispanic.