WE'VE BEEN AWARDED A $20000 GRANT TO MAKE THIS PROGRAM POSSIBLE!
May 11, 2016
Monmouth Arts has a vision for an engaging and exciting community arts project - and we need your help!
We are seeking funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to bring our project to life. This particular grant is to encourage the creation of and greater public engagement with art relating to the work and mission of our National Park System--however, if awarded this grant, Monmouth Arts must match funds for the project.
GOAL: Monmouth Arts will collaborate with the U.S. National Park Service, Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Unit, NJ on Gateway to the Arts to engage the public in their local urban national park through the visual and performing arts. Our goal is to create a summer installation of temporary public art pairing artists with environmental groups at several park locations, leading up to a two-day Zero Waste Arts Fest in partnership with artists and arts, environmental and community groups. The fest will welcome and involve diverse communities through an array of participatory visual and performing arts and family activities to highlight the environment, history and beauty of Fort Hancock; a unique seven-mile long barrier beach with marshes, wildlife sanctuaries and a Historic Landmark site.
Artists will be paired with partner environmental organizations to collaborate on four public art installations, using coastal debris collected from beach cleanups, natural materials, and limited raw materials—created to withstand 110 mph winds from the ocean side of the peninsula. Garbage left behind from park visitors and non-point source pollution are constant battles; this project will seek to educate visitors and our communities about the damaging effects of this waste. The diverse international, urban and local populations that visit our beaches include many who do not speak English as a first language—or at all. Public art communicates the damaging effects of pollution through visual language, rather than through signs, lectures and fines. Bilingual information stations will be posted at each site for the duration of the project from summer through fall.
Zero Waste Arts Fest (ZWAF) will engage diverse communities through an array of arts, environmental and historical education activities, games and camping. The Fest will be zero-waste as one artist will create a growing sculpture through recycled refuse amassed during the two days—making a statement piece on waste and individual responsibility. For this project,
Monmouth Arts will be partnering with Clean Ocean Action, American Littoral Society, NJ Sea Grant Consortium, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as well as with local artists Laura Petrovich-Cheney, Manda Gorsegner, Angeles Cossio, and Lisa Bagwell.
*Music rights belong to Bon Iver - Holocene*