Monday Thoughts: Best Place and Best People

Without a doubt, one of the key elements of our mission is to be the “best place to work in the arts”. Having said that, it goes without saying that the promise comes full circle when we find the best people. Today, I am happy to announce that we are promoting Agnes Zabawa, our second…

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Monday Thoughts: Garden State Plaza, What a Special Exhibition

Every once in a while, I am moved by something that my team and our students are able to accomplish. During the month of October, we gave our teen students in New Jersey a really cool assignment and ten days ago we installed over 100 paintings in the Garden State Plaza! The artwork is a…

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Monday Thoughts: Kusama and Kaws

  Two weeks ago I was visiting galleries in Chelsea when I turned onto 11th Ave. and ran into a group of 2,000 people waiting in line for something.  Follow me- this is Chelsea…galleries, quiet, older folks…NEVER throngs of fans. Then it hit me- Kusama had an exhibition opening that night and these folks were…

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Monday Thoughts: Celebrating Artists and Education with Shara Hughes

One of the driving themes of One River is to celebrate living artists. When we’re able to connect artists who we personally know with our curriculum, it brings everything full circle for me. This Friday we are mounting a two-school exhibition at the Garden State Plaza with work that is inspired by Shara Hughes. We showed Shara’s work…

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Monday Thoughts: Art for Boys!

When I was the CEO of School of Rock people used to say to me at times that it was a great place for boys to learn music. At which point I would jump in and lobby that there was no better place for girls to learn to play music. When I thought about it…

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Monday Thoughts: "Long Shot" the Documentary Film

  Four years ago I met with Jacob LaMendola and talked about his documentary film project called “Long Shot.” This weekend I watched it on Netflix and couldn’t help but find happiness in so many nuanced ways. Like all great documentaries, there is a real sense of emotional connection with the character and its narrative.  But…

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Monday Thoughts: I Love Instagram

Instagram is the best social media platform for me. I love it for sharing artwork and promoting artists that I am fond of. I also get to relay inspiring work that our students are making and celebrate the accomplishments of our teachers. Twitter seems so negative…it also takes so long to read everything and stay…

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Monday Thoughts: Brain Health

Four years ago this month my father passed away from Parkinson’s Syndrome. Watching him decline was so painful; he was a super interesting guy who loved to be active, but also loved the arts. My dad got so much joy from painting, but unfortunately he stopped engaging in art-making a long time before he got…

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Five-Year Anniversary for One River!!!

I’m not one for the gratuitous anniversary celebration. Having spent 20 years in advertising and media, it always seemed that the lo-brow way to promote was to default to an anniversary promotion. Having said that, I am really proud that we just hit our five-year anniversary at One River and our future has never been…

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Monday Thoughts: Art Education is Broken in America

A Conversation with Matt Ross and Mike Ragogna of the Huffington Post Mike Ragogna:  You have a new venture, One River School of Art + Design.  What gave you the idea and how did it come together? Matt Ross: Let’s face it. Art education is broken in America and has been so for many years.…

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