Northern Kentucky Elementary School Unveils Mosaic Benches

LUDLOW, Ky. –  Students at a Northern Kentucky elementary school spent close to four months hand-making three mosaic benches. 

The project is part of the River Cities Public Art Project to create public art made by children. 

Students at Mary A Goetz Elementary built and designed the mosaic benches in the SHINE and SOAR after-school program at the Ludlow Independent School District, said Melanie Beccaccio, a program coordinator.

The goal of the project is designed to engage children in public schools to enhance art, STEM, and research skills, according to the Catalytic Fund who help facilitate the project.

Hailey Ley is in the 9th grade. She said the students wanted to incorporate themes that represented in the Ludlow community.

“This is meaningful to me because I’ve lived in Ludlow my whole life. And I really cared for my community even as something as small as this helps me feel like this is a good community because of how welcoming and accepting this stuff is,” Ley said.

The Catalytic Fund helped execute the project, and funding for the benches was provided through ArtsWave.

The benches will be presented to Ludlow’s City Council in January and then placed in the community.