Summit Public Art is excited to announce the launch of
, a Rising Artist Mentorship Program designed specifically for Summit High School students who are considering the visual arts as a career path.
We want students to connect with and learn from public art and ultimately help shape our city public art landscape. We want to use our resources to inspire and mentor tomorrow’s artists through
Summit Public Art committee members Marie Cohen and Debi Schwarzmann co-created RAMP UP from a lifetime love of and belief in the power of mentorship and teaching. “RAMP UP provides not just the educational component we both love, but also connects us as an organization with the parents and the community,” says Marie.
an artist with extensive experience in community-based art projects and whose work has been exhibited, among other places, at the Montclair Art Museum, was chosen to work with and mentor the Summit High School students. The program started in February and will result in the installation of Public Art work on the Village Green in late May or early June
Eight students at Summit High School were accepted into the program and have begun working on the design and creation of the artwork. Summit High School art teachers Kelly Wright and Meghan Scozzari
are facilitating the program. They say the students are responding positively to the collaborative nature of the work, and stepping outside their artistic comfort zones and usual styles as they design, create and then implement their public art piece.