Is Ambition a Curse?

By Matt Ross / June 18, 2018

That’s a loaded question. For me, it is a blessing and a curse and no matter how I slice it I guess I am fortunate for having a need to be successful. But, it comes at some sacrifice. For the last seven years I have been building One River, and I feel grateful for having…

Curiosity

By Matt Ross / June 11, 2018

For the first twenty years of my career, I never quite fit into the perfect box in my corporate life. As a result, my success almost always came down to fit, not talent. And the question was: To what degree did I fit the corporate culture and to what extent did the corporate culture fit…

Art Making is a Super-Food for the Brain

By Matt Ross / June 4, 2018

This past weekend I spent my time celebrating the grand opening of our new school in Evanston, IL by doing what I love to do the most: listening to people tell stories about what art-making does for them and their kids.  I heard countless tales about how much joy people get from tapping into their…

Why Does This Royal Wedding Matter More?

By Matt Ross / May 21, 2018

Having watched Prince Harry and his brother William grow up in the aftermath of their mom’s death, I am astounded at how they have helped to close the gap between the monarchy and the everyday man. I was always so impressed with Diana’s intent to raise her kids in a way that would keep them…

Enlightenment Now

By Matt Ross / May 14, 2018

A few weeks ago, I jumped into a new book called Enlightenment Now, by Steven Pinker. I was watching Bill Gates on CNBC and he said that it was the “best book he ever read”; that told me I would be both stimulated and intellectually challenged by the book and that was what I was…

Mid Career Change…Continuing Education

By Matt Ross / May 7, 2018

One of the things I am interested in is the decision to switch career paths. When it is well-thought-out and orchestrated, it can be a powerful one. On the other hand, it can be challenging and filled with potholes that can cause financial and emotional duress. So how does one know whether they should make…

Todd Shelton Clothing– the Best Jeans Made for You

By Matt Ross / April 30, 2018

I love entrepreneurs, and I love when their product is authentic and solves a basic problem. OK, I am about to share a commercial message, but it really does come from the heart, and you may really be interested so please follow along. A few years ago, I was wondering why I pay so much…

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…