by Sue Austreng
With vivid color and palpable texture, Anoka-Hennepin District 11 Transition Plus students created two giant mosaics illustrating what they love about school.
Under the tutelage of artist-in-residence Anne Krocak, some four dozen students worked together to imagine, design, create and finish the mosaics.
On May 28 one of the mosaics, titled, “The Nuts and Bolts of Transition Plus,” was unveiled at Sandburg Education Center where it hangs prominently on display near the main entrance.
“This is a huge project and you all learned so much – about art, about yourselves, about each other – and look at this. It’s beautiful,” Krocak said to students gathered for the unveiling.
After reading a collection of words and phrases he and his classmates put together to describe the mosaic and what Transition Plus means to them, Kevin R. pulled off the paper covering and unveiled the mosaic.
Applause echoed in the hallway and students captured images of the mosaic with their cell phones.
Transition Plus teacher Terrie Breems said the other mosaic her students created will soon be installed at another Anoka-Hennepin building, perhaps the Education Service Center on Ferry Street in Anoka.
The mosaic project was possible thanks to a VSA Minnesota artists-in-residence grant program, made possible by the Minnesota State Arts Board. (VSA is the state organization on arts and disability.)
What is Transition Plus?
The Transition Plus program is a secondary special education program designed for students with disabilities who are between the ages of 18 and 21, and have current transition needs. (Transition is defined as the time when a student moves from school to adult life.)
To learn more about Transition Plus in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, visit www.anoka.k12.mn.us and search “Transition Plus.”
Editor’s note: Students are identified by first name and last initial as is Transition Plus program policy.
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