August 21, 2014
The installation of a large-scale mosaic, inspired and created by children of St. Maarten and the artist Jimmy Lucero, was celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) campus in Cupecoy. The project was developed over six sessions during June and July, during which children and teens from AUC, Hope Outreach and the I Can Foundation participated in the creation of the piece.
Each session focused on a different element of the creative process. Children contributed images they thought were important to St. Maarten or related to health and physicians. The centerpiece of the mosaic is a child sitting on the beach listening to the heartbeat of his teddy bear with a stethoscope. Images from the island include flamboyant trees, the causeway and medical images.
The mosaic’s title, “Island of Dreams,” reflects the hopes and dreams of the children and of students who come to AUC to study medicine. Children contributed to every step in its creation, from generating ideas for content through drawings and paintings to placing, grouting and cleaning the tiles.
Three children who worked on the mosaic, Melany Ellis, Jenesqua Violenes, and Trinity Edwards, expressed appreciation for the experience. Highlights for them were learning to mix colors and grouting and cleaning the mural. Heidi Chumley, MD, executive dean of AUC, thanked the children for their contribution to the new building and encouraged them to continue their enthusiasm for and appreciation of art.