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Mosaic Created To Inspire Peace

(Woodbury, NJ) - A mosaic that was the culmination of ideas that resulted from a collaboration of youth in an anti-gang/substance abuse prevention workshop and local youth was unveiled today.

The 9' x 15' mosaic, entitled Peace in the Garden, grew out of an anti-gang/substance abuse prevention workshop held at GCC in August for Probation and Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) Restorative Justice youth. There the youth met the artist Karen Stone and drew some ideas for the mural on paper at the workshop. The artist also met with youth at the Woodbury Child Development Center at a later workshop and got additional drawings for the mural. She developed the concept which morphed into a Mosaic. The JJC youth built a frame to hold the Mosaic and worked with the artist and local Woodbury youth to set the tiles in place on cement board, which were mounted on the frame.

"This inspiring artwork is the result of what a person can do when they are focused on making a positive impact in their community," said Freeholder Warren S. Wallace, Ed. D. "I am proud of the youth who created this mosaic, and I am grateful for all of the partners in this program who are dedicated to proving to our young people that they are talented and worthy," Wallace said. Freeholder Wallace is the liaison to the Department of Human Services.

The grant-funded mosaic is located on the side of the Woodbury Child Development Center and was a combined effort of the Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Department of Human Services, Prosecutor's Office, Municipal Alliances, Youth Services Commission and the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

"This mural captures the imagination, spirit and inspiration of young people here in Woodbury and their message will now be heard for many years to come," stated Prosecutor Sean Dalton.