Piece by Piece


Piece by Piece provides low-income and formerly homeless people free mosaic art workshops using recycled materials to develop marketable skills, self-confidence, earned income and an improved quality of life.

Piece by Piece workshops create learning communities that foster connection, offer advancement, and promote achievement of each person to his or her highest potential. While arts programming exists throughout Los Angeles, Piece by Piece is among the very few programs that leverages opportunity for the city's most vulnerable adults. 

The organization's workshops, taught by professional artists, and its materials (often recycled items), are provided free of charge. Participants receive a significant portion of the proceeds from the sales of their work.

In addition to its website, Piece by Piece has a blog, which features stories about its artists, instructors, and projects. 

If you would like to commission or purchase a Piece by Piece mosaic, please visit The Piece Shop.


Selected Awards
Unsung Hero Award
California Community Foundation, 2013

Certificate of Commendation
Former Councilwoman Jan Perry and the L.A. City Council, 2013





Sophie Alpert

Area served:
South Los Angeles & Skid Row

# of employees:

Nonprofit (donations + earned income)



Guadalupe with mirror
Artists working on public art project for Villas at Gower. See the story at: http://piecebypiecela.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/villas-at-gower-public-art-project/
Piece by Piece artists receive Certificate of Commendation from former councilwoman Jan Perry and the Los Angeles City Council.
Piece by Piece artists with their almost-completed stepping stones in a Visiting Artist workshop, funded by the National Endowment of the Arts Challenge America grant.