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Connecting Emerging Artists With Our Communities

By Matt Ross / February 24, 2020

When was the last time you visited a gallery that showed emerging artists’ work? Trick question! If you have been to any one of our schools recently you will have seen compelling artwork in our gallery spaces that embody the “art of today”. When I started One River, among the most important drivers for me…

Coming Together Around the Super Bowl

By Matt Ross / February 3, 2020

There is nothing that can make up for the unbelievably sad week we just endured. Kobe. Coronavirus. Impeachment. Not sure how many things to add to this list but I am so aware that we all needed a reset for just a moment or two. Yesterday I had some friends over and personally needed a…

Kobe’s X Factor

By Matt Ross / January 27, 2020

Some people behave and perform differently than the rest of us. Whether you are talking about sports or the arts, we often use the term “X Factor” to try and bottle up their differences into a simple term that is often hard to characterize in words…you just know it when you see it. Michael Jordan…

Betty White and I Share Something

By Matt Ross / January 20, 2020

Betty White turned 98 last week!  Who doesn’t love her?  When asked about her keys to aging, Betty said: “I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside”.  Betty and I are genuine optimists…not head in the sand people, but people who tend to look…

Digital Art and Design Revolution

By Matt Ross / January 13, 2020

I had an aha moment last week. While traveling to our schools to view our student exhibitions, I took time to pop into our classrooms to observe. Something really cool and organic is developing that I need to share. While I am convinced that we have built the most fun and compelling art program for…

The One Thing That Matters

By Matt Ross / December 23, 2019

Health. Happiness. Hope. Okay, that’s three things, but around the holidays I am allowed to bundle a few items into one package 🙂 I want to share a bit of my recipe for the holiday season and the new year. We all move so fast all year, but now is the time to slow down…

Art = Community

By Matt Ross / December 16, 2019

The image above demonstrates one of the most important things that we do at One River School. We recently hosted a Girl Scout group at our location in Allendale, New Jersey. They got to make an art project that celebrated the incredible work of Kara Walker, who is among the most compelling living artists today.…

The Other Side of the Yellow Banana

By Matt Ross / December 9, 2019

The past week, the art fairs took place in Miami and the sensation of “the yellow banana” stole the headlines at Art Basel. I want to tell you about “the other side of the yellow banana”. Yes, there is a world of contrived art and social dynamics that in my opinion distort the reality that…

The Joy of Sharing

By Matt Ross / November 18, 2019

It is so amazing to watch the joy on students faces when they are clearly satisfied with their creative outcomes. Whether it is an experienced adult or a developing young artist, the joy when they share their work is the reward I get when I think about the value of One River. It reinforces why…

When Music = Art

By Matt Ross / November 11, 2019

In the summer of 1982, I was certain that I saw one of the great concerts of all time. The Talking Heads played at the legendary Forest Hills Tennis Stadium and I had a summer job working security for the concert. I was 21 years old and a music fanatic with one semester of college…