Pasteur students’ mosaic panel connects them to Detroit library



The latest mosaic for the Detroit Public Library, made of more than 12,000 colored glass pieces, was dedicated March 2-3 with 400 little artists in attendance.

The Pasteur “Earth Mosaic”: Detroit Public Library staffers Atim J. Funchess, Executive Director Jo Anne G. Mondowney and Karlyta Williams of the Friends Foundation with Penny Blumenstein, artist Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan, Marcy Feldman, Harold Blumenstein, Lisa Howze (chief governor’s affair officer from the Mayor’s office) and Barbara Cohn

The “Earth Mosaic” was designed and created by all the students from Pasteur Elementary School in Detroit under the direction of artists Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan and Dani Katsir, who worked with more than 1,000 students in five Detroit schools to create a total of seven mosaic panels for the library.

This project began with 14 Pasteur alumni visiting each classroom to read books about the Earth and asking students to draw pictures relating to the Earth for the mosaic. This project has taught students to see beyond a crayon drawing and more about art, and has helped them create a permanent connection with the Detroit Public Library.

Pasteur Elementary School students wait patiently for the dedication of the mosaic they made together

The Pasteur Elementary School Alumni Foundation helped fund the project to bring art back into their former public school. Alumna Penny Blumenstein coordinated the funding. The foundation, started 20 years ago, advocates on behalf of students and families, bringing readers, tutors, field trips, camp, programs and art experiences to the students. Each week, alumni volunteer in the school.

For details, contact Marcy Feldman, foundation president, at (248) 514-5359 or

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