Invest In What You Love

By Matt Ross / June 24, 2019

Last week there was a story that said the best collectible category for return on investment was what? Rare Whisky! Wow, who would have thought that? Over the last few years we have seen a tremendous boost in Baby Boomers / Gen X’s buying wine, watches, cars and many other things. Years ago, people used…

Digital Art and Design

By Matt Ross / June 17, 2019

I saw this digital artwork in one of our schools last week and it just inspired me.  My curiosity for art and design education led me to open One River seven years ago and I am convinced that there has never been in a time in our history where creative thinking has translated into a…

The Best Art Investment You Can Make

By Matt Ross / June 10, 2019

Buy a Basquiat painting?  How about opening a One River School Franchise! I started One River because I felt that there was a massive need to provide great art & design experiences for people of all ages in communities across America.  Today, I am deeply interested in finding passionate franchise partners to help me bring…

Summertime in Connecticut!

By Matt Ross / June 3, 2019

The month of June brings us the end of a school year, graduations, proms, and the shift of seasons from Spring to Summer. It also brings us our first One River School location in Connecticut! Located at 833 Post Road East in Westport, our twelfth location is a summer celebration for the One River family…

After Graduation: Lifelong Creative Learning

By Matt Ross / May 20, 2019

Every time I logged into Facebook this weekend, I saw countless friends and acquaintances celebrating college graduations with their children. It is a special time and a moment to honor these kids who have grown into adulthood and this rite of passage finally puts the books behind them and brings “real life” challenges to the…

Welcome to One River Middletown, NJ

By Matt Ross / May 13, 2019

This past weekend was so amazing…we are now open in central New Jersey and the communities all around Middletown came out to celebrate One River School. This school is near and dear to me…it is our first franchise location within the greater New York / Tri State area and it is in great hands. Our…

One River Team

By Matt Ross / May 6, 2019

When I visit our schools, the most common thing I hear is: “we love coming here because we are having fun and really learning”. That is always followed up by: “you have the nicest people working here”. What more can I say? I am so grateful to have such a committed team and I sincerely…

Mindfulness and Artmaking

By Matt Ross / April 29, 2019

There is such a strong movement today to focus on methods to calm our brains and reset ourselves amidst a world that is constantly moving at a frenetic pace. And, it is my strong belief that making art and viewing art offer meditative components that allow one to rebalance and slow themself down. Last year…

Summer Camps

By Matt Ross / April 22, 2019

When I started One River, I was hoping to build a fun art school that provided compelling experiences. Having said that, I also thought we could create really special summer camps that would give Teens and Kids unique experiences that allowed parents to invest in their growth and development. But, never in my wildest dreams…

The Tree of Influence

By Matt Ross / April 15, 2019

For much of my life, rock music was the dominant artform and I studied every aspect of it. One of the things that always interested me was “which artists influenced the artists that I was listening to?” So much of classic rock was built on the backs of blues artists and you can hear this…