James Cohan

By Matt Ross / April 23, 2018

James Cohan Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in New York City that has a reputation for producing some of the most compelling exhibitions in the world.  Jim has differentiated himself as a grounded, smart, and thoughtful mentor to so many historically important artists including: Trenton Doyle Hancock, Fred Tomaselli, Beatriz Milhazes, Spencer Finch and…

One River School Comes to Millburn, NJ

By Matt Ross / April 16, 2018

I am so thrilled to swing open the doors in Millburn, NJ today! Led by our super fantastic Director Erin Champion, Millburn is our 6th location and our 3rd in New Jersey. Located in Essex County, right on the border between Morris and Union Counties, we are so excited to bring our transformative experience to…

Monday Thoughts: Train Your Brain

By Matt Ross / April 9, 2018

Over the last ten years, I have put my heart and soul into building arts education businesses that provide compelling and fun ways for people to develop their creative skills. Along the way, I have learned so much about how humans think and the pure benefits of doing artistic things for our brain development. Countless…

Proud for Providing Careers in the Arts

By Matt Ross / April 2, 2018

One of the special things about building One River School is the chance to create great career opportunities in the arts, while also teaching people how to build a compelling business that stands out from the crowd. Funding for the arts is struggling, and as a result there is a declining number of jobs that…

The Adventures of Life

By Matt Ross / March 26, 2018

This morning I was reading the New York Times, and I came across an amazing story that I wanted to share with you. “Why He Kayaked Across the Atlantic at 70,” tells the tale of Aleksander Doba and his amazing feat that simply boggles my mind. As an entrepreneur, I surely have to tackle uncertainty, fight…

Monday Thoughts: Genius

By Matt Ross / March 19, 2018

Every Sunday I watch CBS Sunday Morning. It is very simply the best of what television can be: smart, thoughtful segments that often share a special twist or nuance that make me feel better about the world we live in. Yesterday’s theme was “Mind Matters” and it delved into a topic that I often think…

Monday Thoughts: Time Ticks By

By Matt Ross / March 12, 2018

Why do we spend so much time thinking about really silly things when time is the most precious resource we have? The basic answer is that the human brain simply doesn’t work in the most rational fashion.  For whatever reason, we can’t possibly perfect how we make decisions because the litany of options, distractions and…

Monday Thoughts: The Joy of Sharing

By Matt Ross / March 5, 2018

Since I started One River, I have become enamored with what I call “The Joy of Sharing”. It’s that moment when a student proudly shows you what they completed and it is a really important one. Whenever we create something, whether it is a painting, a writing or a music composition, we spend a lot of…

Monday Thoughts: The Role of Creativity in Your Career

By Matt Ross / February 26, 2018

The thing that got me into this business in the first place was my curiosity.  When I worked in big companies, I didn’t always find the culture supported my interests in exploring new ideas and strategies.  The truth is, the larger a company gets, the more hard wired their processes becomes. As I grew older…

Monday Thoughts: Welcome to Art Savvy

By Matt Ross / February 19, 2018

Art Savvy provides us with the chance to advocate on a worldwide level by writing thoughtful posts about artists and sharing fun art lessons online. We are also using this platform to talk about the health & wellness benefits of doing creative things. Additionally, we will be sharing cool stories about our people, events and…