CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade can register now for the Train Station Art Project.
Student artists from Cranford are invited to assist artist Ben Volta in creating artwork that will be permanently etched into glass on the train platform. The artwork theme is “neuron garden” and will appeal to students interested in art and science.
“This is part of the NJ Transit Platform Improvement Project currently underway,” Kathleen Miller Prunty, Director of Downtown Business and Economic Development in Cranford, said. “Federal regulations stipulate that 5 percent of project cost must go toward a public art component (the Transit Arts Program). After several meetings with NJT officials and interviewing 15 artists, Mr. Ben Volta was selected primarily because his project included the community, specifically school children. Stefanie Lalor, owner of The Artist Framer on North Avenue E, was also on the committee.”
To help with the project, eligible students will attend art workshops where they will create drawings of neurons and gardens. Their artwork will be etched onto glass and used as the glass walls of the new wind shelters on the train station platform, Prunty said.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to create something long lasting for the community,” Prunty said.
The workshops will be held on July 10, 11, 12 and 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cranford Community Center. Students are only required to attend one workshop but can attend more than one.
To register email, firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30. There is no fee to register and art supplies will be provided.