New Tile Mural Brightens Thelma Spencer Park in Rochester Hills

A team of project partners, including the Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA), the Older Persons’ Commission (OPC), and Paint a Miracle, were able to host multiple workshops this past spring so that people of all ages and abilities could contribute to this outdoor mosaic. 

Nicole Bush, Art Education Manager, PCCA; Mayor Bryan Barnett, City of Rochester Hills; Michelle Sider, Mosaic Artist; Ken Elwert, Parks & Natural Resources Director, City of Rochester Hills; Shaun Hayes, Executive Director, PCCA; Shelley Propson Tyshka, Paint a Miracle, PCCA; and Renee Cortright, Executive Director, OPC
Nicole Bush, Art Education Manager PCCA, and Michelle Sider, Mosaic Artist.

The new tile mural was unveiled on July 12 in Thelma Spencer Park in Rochester Hills. Mayor Bryan Barnett, Rochester Hills Council Members, as well as OPC and PCCA representatives, hosted the Mosaic Artist Michelle Sider and many of the tile makers, to welcome the permanent art installation to the park.

Many of the 350 tile makers were excited to find their contribution to the mural at the unveiling on July 12, 2022.
OPC Ceramics Instructor, Harvey Bennett, points to one of his favorite tiles in the mural.
Shaun Hayes, Executive Diretor, PCCA, points to his tile contribution

Funded by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Community Affairs, it brought together over 350 community members to craft ceramic tiles depicting their love of community parks. Thelma Spencer Park is located at 3701 John R Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307.

A close up of one the 350 tiles it took to create the mural at Thelma Spencer Park in Rochester Hills
Spencer Park Mural with Mosaic Artist Michelle Sider of Huntington Woods.
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