Public artwork with youth

She teaches kids to dream.
— Chicago Magazine

Lynn Takata works with youth of all ages including special needs and at-risk youth. She is nationally known for her participatory artwork with youth. Youth brainstorm ideas, experiment with new techniques and learn about elements of art. Then they draw and create their own designs working in collaboration with other youth. It is an experience they will remember and the process can help develop pride and self-esteem.

Glass mosaic and cast concrete wall, Hillsboro, Oregon

...the students came alive as they engaged in every step of the process...

Yet, the most important aspect of the art pieces is how each student contributed and the positive experience they will carry with them into the future.
— Principal Ron Hutchison, Jackson Elementary School
salem peace mosaic , salem, oregon

salem peace mosaic, salem, oregon

Many of the at risk students were able to express their creativity to a level that was healing & inspiring to them, and gave them hope for a future, either as artists, or at the very least, to focus on college. Some students in particular showed dramatic improvement in their self-esteem and confidence because their work was part of a public piece that many people see and interact with.
— Teacher Cindy Bond, North Salem High School