Matas Mosiacs Premier At Southern Food And Beverage Museum

The Mardi Gras bead mosaics created by the students at Matas Elementary School will premiere at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum of New Orleans with an event opening party on May 14.

The Mardi Gras bead mosaics, which have been profiled on the Jefferson Parish Public School System’s cable channel and local media, are entitled A Taste of Louisiana and will be part of a travelling exhibit called A Million Greetings From New Orleans.  The mosicas were fabricated by Matas elementary students, Matas art facilitator Tama Distler, and artist Stephan Wanger of Galeria Alegria.

The mosaics are a total of twelve, 4 ft. by 4 ft. depictions of well-known New Orleans food products. The students, some of whom have special needs, used more than a ton of recycled Mardi Gras beads in a extremely labor intensive project. The exhibit was created to inspire students that big goals can be achieved by working together, as well as to raise awareness about the importance of recycling. The project was designed to help meet the school’s curricular goals for the arts, and to extend lessons in mathematics, environmental conservation, Louisiana culture, and visual arts.

The Million Greetings From New Orleans travelling exhibit will promote the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans nationally and internationally.

The exhibit at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum will be on display until June 18.