Make a statement about how you are unique on a puzzle piece. Paint, draw, collage, or use whatever other medium you like. Express yourself! Then send it to Open Ground Studios, 1230 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, CA 93955 along with your name and email address by September 1, 2017.

All submitted pieces will be included in a massive art installation by Aaron Anderson and Paul Richmond at Open Ground Studios called Pieced Together. The installation will be part of Paul's Face to Face exhibition at the gallery.

Pieced Together will be a celebration of individuality. By departing from the original intended purpose of the puzzle pieces in order to create large portraits of diverse community members, the artists will have to look at each one and appreciate what it has to offer the new image, rather than simply plugging it into an assigned space. The symbolism of this process parallels the primary mission of the You Will Rise Project, empowering young people to overcome bullying, celebrate their individuality, and share their unique talents with the world.

Open Ground Studios is the perfect location for this project because they specialize in maintaining space for the exploration of visual art that inspires transformation.

The artists will be onsite building the installation Monday, September 4 through Thursday, September 7.  If you would like to meet the artists and join in the creation of this piece, please contact Open Ground Studios at 831-241-6919 to set up a time. Student groups of all ages are welcome.

Join us for the unveiling of this powerful community project at Paul Richmond's Face to Face exhibit  reception Friday, September 8 from 5:30-7:30 PM. All are welcome.


The You Will Rise Project will be leading our first Monterey-area #ArtAgainstBullying workshops in October. Find out more at artagainstbullying.com.


The You Will Rise Project provides a multimedia showcase for people of all ages who have been bullied to share their stories through the arts. Submissions can include visual art (paintings, drawings, sculptures, videos, etc.) as well as poetry, song lyrics, short stories, or other creative expressions that best capture their personal experiences. By giving visitors the opportunity to view these creative works, we hope to educate, instill pride, generate positive feedback, and provide online resources - all for the purposes of supporting, inspiring creative productivity, fostering respect for cultural and sexual diversity, and improving the quality of life for those who have been or are currently being bullied. Learn more at youwillriseproject.com.

Open Ground Studios is an oasis for self-expression through the artistic soul; we are a safe-haven for the novice, an ally for the professional artist and entrepreneur, and a home for the creative adult. OGS is a place where art is the vehicle for learning, practice and connection. Learn more at opengroundstudios.com.