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Mobilizing Our Community Event
March 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
GRUNIN CENTER, ARTIST KEVIN REESE, SOUTHERN REGIONAL STUDENTS
PARTNER FOR ‘MOBILIZING OUR COMMUNITY’ EVENT AT CAUSEWAY FORD
eRecently, the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, received a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in support of project titled “Mobilizing Our Community,” which brought renowned mobile artist Kevin Reese to New Jersey to engage with students in a multi-disciplinary project blending art, physics, and teamwork.
Reese, a California native now based in Washington, D.C., conducts residencies to facilitate intensive learning opportunities; in the past 18 years, SchoolSculptures with Kevin Reese has crafted nearly 200 installations in 30 states, powered by the “Mobilizing Our Community” mantra: “Transform How You Connect with Your Community.”
“Mr. Reese is an actor, designer, and visual artist with 40 years of experience working with young people as a performer and artist-in-residence,” said Mark Wilson, Executive Director, Cultural Programming & Partnerships, at the Grunin Center. He is also a teacher of math, history, geometry and physics, which he merges with his knowledge of art and art history.”
Wilson added, “Mr. Reese works with communities to create large permanent moving sculptures – at schools, community centers, and art centers – inspired by participants’ designs.”
In October 2019, Reese spent two weeks making small “maquette” mobiles with students throughout Ocean County. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, more than 650 elementary, middle, and high school students made their own small mobiles within a workshop environment.
Now, as part of the NJSCA-sponsored program, Reese will be back in New Jersey in March to work with students to build large-scale mobiles, which will be subsequently installed throughout the southern part of the state. Students will take part in 90-minute workshops to learn about the fundamentals of mobile-making, including designing, painting, and balancing their mobiles.
Reese will be on site on Sunday, March 8, for a special event at Causeway Ford in Manahawkin, which will include the display of small mobiles and other artwork, as well as an unveiling of two larger mobiles created by students in Southern Regional Middle School teacher Jennifer Miller’s art classes during Reese’s workshops. In addition, Southern Regional High School vocalists and strings musicians will perform, led by music teacher Carolyn Placa.
This event, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., is free and open to the public.
Prior to this event, members of the public are invited to visit Causeway Ford’s showroom to share thoughts about what makes our community special, and this feedback will help inspire the students as they design their mobiles.
The Grunin Center would like to thank the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Causeway Ford, whose support allowed this program to be presented free of charge for Southern Regional students.
Causeway Ford is located at 375 NJ-72 in Stafford Township, New Jersey 08050.