ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) and Elizabeth Public Schools (EPS) are at it again, transforming public spaces into vibrant places of art and fun. This time, colorful wooden flower planter art adorns the Union Square Plaza on Elizabeth Avenue.

Eleven public schools participated in the project after the wood from the Edison Tech Woodshop. The pieces were cut into the desired shapes before being delivered, and the talented art teachers and students once again did the rest.

This is the 5th public art collaboration between the two entities, the first being the colorful 15 Toy Soldiers, followed by 15 Scarecrows and 10 Snowmen for the holiday season. Last May, more than 20 art students participated in another project to paint colorful murals on traffic utility boxes on the avenue transforming them from ordinary to extraordinary. 

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“Our City has a wonderful arts community and there are so many underutilized spaces that could serve as canvasses for artists to share their talent,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage.

According to Executive Director, Dave Strochak, more art projects like this are expected in the upcoming future. "We are so excited to work with the art departments and Assistant Art Director Tracy Monteiro who does a fabulous job of organizing these projects," said Strochak.

The EAP recently kicked off it's Spring Beautification season with a district-wide power washing project followed by the planting of more than 70 flower planters located on every corner from Bridge Street to Fourth Street and along Elizabeth Avenue.

EAP Chairman Angel L. Rodriguez of State Farm Insurance stated that beautification and cleanliness are priorities of the EAP. "Keeping our district safe, clean and vibrant is one of our top goals here and these art projects enhance our mission," he said. "Working with our Clean Team and Ambassador Program provided by Commercial District Services has created a much cleaner environment and the flower planters and public art is a great addition."

Mayor Bollwage weighed in on the success of the program, “We are thankful for the continuous efforts made by Commercial District Services (CDS) and the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership’s Clean Team Ambassador Program in cleaning the Elizabeth Avenue business corridor,” said Bollwage.  “From removing litter and debris to power washing sidewalks and buildings, they are clearing the path to a cleaner district and making Elizabeth a beautiful place to live, shop and dine.”

The EAP, which just completed its 7th Annual Golf Outing where funds raised go towards the beautification efforts and Clean Team Ambassador Program, is dedicated to the revitalization of the Elizabeth Avenue Special Improvement District.

You can follow the EAP on Facebook @ Elizabeth Avenue - The Market or log onto the website at www.elizabethavenue.org or call the office at 908-965-0660.