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Creative. Social. Safe.

By Matt Ross

It has been profoundly interesting to me to view the human experience through the lens of a pandemic.  Notwithstanding all the variables we have to consider, one of the most profound remains: “how do small businesses survive and hopefully thrive going forward?” One of the earliest lessons I learned in…

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A Special Group of People

By Matt Ross

While great uncertainty remains as a result of Covid 19, there is one basic fact that is grounded in complete certainty.  We have some of the most spirited, thoughtful and caring professionals working here at One River and I am honored to manage a company that has assembled such a…

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12 Weeks

By Matt Ross

I sat down to write today and I was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the last 12 weeks. It has been that long since we had to close our doors on March 14th to respond to the pandemic that was about to sweep through and attack our communities. During this…

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Providing Gratitude Through Art

By Matt Ross

Every day, I think about how we could provide a great educational experience AND also allow our students to use their creative capacity to send a message to the world. Right now we are doing something really special that meets this challenge that I want to share with you. The…

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Change is the Only Constant in Life

By Matt Ross

2,500 years ago, Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher said, “Change is the only constant in life.” I love this saying and never before in modern America have we been tested to adapt to such radical change so quickly. As humans, we thrive on predictability and safety and when massive change is…

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Art Making in a Quarantined World

By Matt Ross

While everything about the COVID-19 world we are living is incomprehensibly challenging, how you use your time and manage your spirit is of the utmost importance. For some, it means throwing their heart and soul into the studio to eat up the hours with creative work. JJ Manford shared the…

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Humbled, Proud and Grateful

By Matt Ross

I am so proud of the work that my team is doing at One River. We are also extremely grateful for the support of our customers … One River is a small business and we are doing all we can to fight the fight. With your support, our Virtual Studio…

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What Works in Times of Crises?

By Matt Ross

What works in times of crisis? The same things that work best when things are going well …. clarity on how you should spend your time. Let me share some thoughts I hope can help paint a clear picture on how to spend your time and catch yourself when you…

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Art and Optimism

By Matt Ross

Last week I received a note from one of our older adult students that put everything that we are going through in perspective. Barry Fredericks wrote: “I started my painting career at your art school in Englewood. From your school I have progressed to three solo shows and individual works…

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Perspective

By Matt Ross

per·spec·tive /pərˈspektiv/ Noun a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view Last week, I met with my team at One River to help them sort through what was happening and hopefully add some calm and “perspective” for how to “view” this rapidly moving crisis. Today,…

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