Business Ownership in the Arts

Twelve years ago I shifted my career after 20 years in the media business and I invested in a School of Rock franchise. At the time it was part of a major career shift for me where I also joined School of Rock as the CEO and committed myself to building an arts education business….

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How often do you look at contemporary art?

When I started One River, in addition to teaching in our classrooms, I wanted our schools to show work from contemporary artists so that anyone walking in our doors could view something current and compelling. I felt strongly that this would allow us to extend our educational process so that people in our local communities…

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The Work of Raha Raissnia

I first met Raha when we were in graduate school at Pratt Institute and have followed her work ever since. She works across and within many mediums (film, collage, painting, etc.), each informing the other and crossing into the other, yet her work in drawing has always been central to her practice. Raha’s drawings fuse…

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Emerging Art Education

Emilie Stark-Menneg – Artist Spotlight

I met Emilie Stark-Menneg two years ago via instagram. We connected because of mutual friends and a shared appreciate of painting, color and making absurd images. Following several exchanges online we arranged a meeting to do a studio visit. Emilie and her Mom, Maggie – an artist as well – showed up to do a…

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Cynthia Carlson’s Grid Books – Unleashing Creativity with Shackles

One might make the mistake of thinking that the flames of creativity are fanned by open-endedness, ultimate freedom, no rules, starting from scratch, tossing out the baby with the bathwater, bulldozing the metropolis so as to construct another one in its place according to a subconscious dreamscape, embodying your inner child, dragging your knuckles and…

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving may be the most universally loved holiday for Americans. It comes with no quid pro quo, just a simple pause to hang with family and friends and to share a moment of gratitude. To this point, I want to take a moment to share some gratitude of my own. Last week we opened our…

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On Collecting Art & Building Culture

There is a misunderstanding that one who collects art has to be wealthy. I recognize this makes sense, as art is typically expensive and not in everyone’s monthly budget. I thought this way until I heard a Donna Nelson artist talk at The New School in 2015. Donna, an acclaimed painter and professor at the…

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Introducing “ART SESSIONS” for Adults

Introducing “ART SESSIONS” for Adults For six years we have been studying the impact art making has on adults and there is no doubt that we have made a difference. Having said that, we are about to launch a revolutionary new art program for adult students of all levels called ART SESSIONS that is simply…

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Trudy Benson- Moving Forward by Looking into The Past

“The grid declares the space of art to be once autonomous and autotelic.”[1]– Rosalind Krauss Part of the job of an artist is to pay attention to both contemporary artists and know the history from which they have developed. This was the case of when I first became familiar with the work of Trudy Benson….

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Drawing on the Edge

One of my most vivid memories of drawing is from when I was five years old. I was on the cusp of kindergarten, and my mother took me to my future classroom to meet my teacher before school started. My teacher, Mrs. Eagen, gave me some paper and colored pencils. She asked me to draw…

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