(HACKENSACK, NJ) -- Get involved in a new public art project that will be installed on a heavily trafficked fence pathway between Bogota and Hackensack, New Jersey near the Midtown Bridge. Sign up for the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's ArtsBergen Connect the Dots' two-part workshop series, The Path of Us: A Public Art Fence Weaving, and an all day event to install the completed artwork. The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Under the guidance of professional artist Katherine Daniels, participants will work together to conceive a concept for the project and create their own weavings to construct a site-specific design to enhance a chain link fence located at the ball fields along West Main Street in Bogota. The first workshop starts on Monday, February 25 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Olsen Park Recreation Center, located at 162 Main Street in Bogota, New Jersey.
The second workshop takes place on Thursday, April 11 from 6:00p.m. to 9:00pm at Bergen Makerspace in the Bergen County Technical Schools Adult & Continuing Education Building, located at 190 Hackensack Avenue in Hackensack, New Jersey. The Bergen Makerspace staff and expert "makers" will provide one-on-one instruction on 3D printing, offering participants the opportunity to design and produce individual embellishments for the fence weaving. Local artists and creatives of all ages are welcome to contribute their unique talents to the project and to learn a new technology that can be used in their own work.
On Saturday, May 4, workshop participants and the community are invited to install the finished large-scale weaving on the fence. All events are free and open to the public. Registrants may attend one or both workshops. Good-will donations are welcome to defray the costs of the workshop series and the installation.
“Public art makes communities more vibrant and is especially meaningful when the art is inspired and created by members of the community. We invite local artists and anyone interested in helping to beautify our region via art projects that provide creative expression and build connection to the places where we live and work," said Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.
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Registration - Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and may be done online.
Artist Katherine Daniels - Katherine Daniels’ beaded sculptures, weaving, and site-specific installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including throughout New York City, at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey and in “To Weave Dreams” at Miniartextil, Le Bellfroi Art Center in Montrouge, France. Among her awards, Daniels received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting, the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award for Public Art, and two Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Manhattan Creative Communities grants. She was also selected as a participant in the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace.
The Create The Path of Us: A Public Art Fence Weaving project is done in collaboration with the Borough of Bogota and Bogota Beautiful, a community organization committed to a high level of satisfaction and a great quality of life for the municipality's residents through beautification and improvement projects and community building events. This program has been made possible in part by a grant administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs from funds grants by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Founded in 1998, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, public health, the environment, philanthropy, and the arts. The NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life. The Foundation's partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other and sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.
ArtsBergen, an initiative of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, is an emerging arts alliance in Bergen County, New Jersey that supports and encourages creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy. The initiative's mission is to energize and unify artists and arts organizations and connect the Bergen County community to the arts.