BENEFITING: TOMS RIVER ARTIST COMMUNITY
EVENT DATE: Jul 04, 2017
Be part of the Art Renassiance in Downtown Toms River! Art and Culture = Revitalization and positive economic impact. It's a Win Win!
1767. The year Toms River was officially created as a township in New Jersey. 2017 will be the Township's 250th anniversary. We're looking forward to celebrating our semiquincentennial in a spectacular way! Over the past few years Toms River has been experiencing an art renaissance.
Multiple individuals and organizations have converged with a singular purpose to bring public art to Downtown Toms River. We are local business owners, art advocates, city and county employees and artists. It is our belief that public art brings a community together, beautifies our town and also works as a catalyst for economic revitalization. Public art also supports the idea that art should be accessible to all.
Since 2013 we have obtained two public murals and a third one will be in place by the end of this summer. Last summer our community enjoyed a Seward Johnson outdoor sculpture exhibit and there are rumors that something else exciting is in the works for this summer. All of these art initiatives were funded by local business owners, private clubs and corporations.
This fundraiser will support a fantastic art project to celebrate Toms River semiquincentennial: Art Sailing on the Toms River.
Sailing has been a big part of Toms River's rich history. In 1871, Toms River Yacht Club sponsored its first regatta. It seemed natural to combine sailing and art, thus the idea for Art Sailing on the Toms River was born. This unique art exhibit will use the talent of local artists by transferring their work directly onto the sails of a dozen or more sailboats. With your help, this floating art exhibit will sail up and down the Toms River during our grand celebration. After the event, the sails may be removed from the boats and become a traveling exhibit. Any funds collected will go directly to paying the winning artists for their work, printing expenses (transferring the artwork onto the sails), shipping costs, marketing materials or any other expense related directly to the cost of implementing the exhibit. The curator, Yvonne Yaar, will be donating her time in this effort. There will undoubtedly be countless other volunteers. In order to offset the costs and to garner a full commitment, the artists that participate will be charged a nominal entry fee. Any funds collected beyond the cost of the exhibit will support the Toms River Artist Community, a local non profit devoted to Downtown Toms River's revitalization.