EASTON — The Eastern Shore Conservation Center added a little color to the outside of its brick building with the unveiling of a new 60-foot, water-themed ribbon mosaic, Saturday, May 18.

Children from the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center created the mosaic in collaboration with local artist Jen Wagner as part of an after-school program that aimed to get the kids more involved in community projects.

The idea for the mosaic came about after Hilary Gibson, grassroots field specialist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, hosted a series of environmental education workshops for the MRC kids.

“I did a couple lessons with them about the Tred Avon, the rivers and the Bay, and talked to them about what clean water means to them,” she said. “Then we worked on this mosaic to be a representation of water.”

The tile art took about 30 kids and several months of work to construct, said Estela Ramirez, assistant director of the Chesapeake Multicultural Center.

Ramirez said the MRC was “thrilled to work with the ESCC on this new idea to provide such a unique experience for the ChesMRC after school students.”

The kids put in a lot of work for the mosaic — cutting the glass, giving design input and plastering the tiles to represent the rivers and streams of the Eastern Shore.

And, during the unveiling, which attracted many local families, the kids celebrated their hard work as they played with chalk, took photos, enjoyed music and indulged in a potluck lunch.

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