One River Teens Take Over The Capital of Emerging Art!

By Matt Ross / January 7, 2019

Yesterday, I walked around the lower east side of New York visiting galleries and looked at some of the most compelling emerging art in the world. This dense and cool part of Manhattan is one of the most important proving grounds for contemporary artists worldwide. And, there we were! One River School Teen Students from…

Creativity and Aging

By Matt Ross / December 17, 2018

One of the things that I have been studying, which also happens to be a substantial part of the book I am writing, is “why do some people in middle age thrive while others decline”? There are countless theories and a lot of obvious elements that make up the general health and well-being snapshot for…

Tyree Guyton

By Matt Ross / December 10, 2018

For 30 years, Tyree Guyton has shared his Heidelberg Project and tried to shed some light on the urban blight of Detroit and the role art can play in creating hope. Now the artworld is sharing back. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit has celebrated Tyree with an exhibition this fall that runs till January 9th and this past…

Business Ownership in the Arts

By Matt Ross / December 3, 2018

Twelve years ago I shifted my career after 20 years in the media business and I invested in a School of Rock franchise. At the time it was part of a major career shift for me where I also joined School of Rock as the CEO and committed myself to building an arts education business.…

How often do you look at contemporary art?

By Matt Ross / November 26, 2018

When I started One River, in addition to teaching in our classrooms, I wanted our schools to show work from contemporary artists so that anyone walking in our doors could view something current and compelling. I felt strongly that this would allow us to extend our educational process so that people in our local communities…

Happy Thanksgiving

By Matt Ross / November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving may be the most universally loved holiday for Americans. It comes with no quid pro quo, just a simple pause to hang with family and friends and to share a moment of gratitude. To this point, I want to take a moment to share some gratitude of my own. Last week we opened our…

Introducing “ART SESSIONS” for Adults

By Matt Ross / November 12, 2018

Introducing “ART SESSIONS” for Adults For six years we have been studying the impact art making has on adults and there is no doubt that we have made a difference. Having said that, we are about to launch a revolutionary new art program for adult students of all levels called ART SESSIONS that is simply…

The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College

By Matt Ross / October 22, 2018
Tang Museum Art Education

My wife and I spent the weekend visiting my son Jason at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. I don’t know how we got here, but my boy is on the precipice of turning 21 and his maturation into his adult self makes me so proud. Skidmore has had a lot to do with it and…

Support Breast Cancer Awareness and Own This Incredible Limited Edition Print

By Matt Ross / October 16, 2018
breast cancer awareness art education

We are so excited to partner with the incredible artist Liz Luisada to offer her exclusive limited edition print to our One River community. The print costs $150 and all net proceeds support Bright Pink, a leading non-profit that creates awareness for breast cancer. Liz took part in our “Pink Art Project” and made the…

Live Life Fully

By Matt Ross / October 8, 2018

When you think about what it means to Live Life Fully, what comes to mind for you? The truth is, we all answer this differently. I have some “Monday Thoughts” for you that might create some perspective. When we are young, we have so much space in our hearts and minds to stay in the…