By Carissa Hutchinson

The POP project is an acronym for Pockets of Perception-We Are One Community. It is a community that focuses on young people, encouraging multicultural understanding while cultivating their creativity and investment in the community through the creation of public art. The POP team includes ten students from Edsel Ford High School, Dearborn High School and Fordson High School. Four out of the ten students in the program just recently visited the construction site of Dearborn’s new Intermodal Passenger Rail Station. The focal point of this new station will be the mosaic mural they designed. With the guidance of instructors Wendy Sample and Mohamad Bazzi these students have been working on this mosaic since September of 2012.

These students discuss many elements they wanted to portray while collaborating about the design of their mosaic mural. After much discussion they decided they wanted to portray motion, energy, the historic significance of The Henry Ford which is located just on the other side of the tracks, and the impact the station will have on the future of Dearborn. Last spring, the students designed and created dozens of clay tiles in various colors, sizes, and patterns.

The station plans to open to the public in late 2014. When it is finally does open every day hundreds of travelers will pass beneath the students’ beautiful mosaic mural as they ascend the staircase that leads to a glass-walled corridor, dubbed “the bridge.” This bridge crosses the railroad tracks on the south side of the station, giving passengers access to a new pedestrian entrance to The Henry Ford.

Thank you to Dearborn High School students Mona Beydoun, Mary Charara, and graduates Jack Ashraf Davis, Francisco Nunez and Leah Wendzenski, Edsel Ford High School students Khalid Amin McDowell and Claire Young and Fordson High School students Reem Aoun, Aleen Bazzi and Siham Saleh for beautifying the community.

The POP project is an initiative of the Dearborn Community Fund (DCF) as it supports arts, cultural and recreational programs that enrich the Dearborn community. For more information about the POP project and other programs sponsored by the Dearborn Community Fund, visit or call the Dearborn Community Fund at 313-943-5478.

Carissa Hutchinson is a senior at Ferris State University studying television and digital media production. She’s currently on two internships with CBS 62/CW50 Detroit and M-1 Studios in Ferndale. While attending college she was a very active member of Delta Zeta and the Media Communications Association. Take a look at Carissa’s work at


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