Get involved in a new public art project to be installed on a heavily trafficked fence pathway between Hackensack and Bogota, near the Midtown Bridge.  The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a regional nonprofit organization headquartered in Hackensack, invites the public to attend its ArtsBergen initiative's Connect the Dots' two-part workshop series, The Path of Us: A Public Art Fence Weaving, followed by an all day event to install the completed artwork.

            Under the guidance of professional artist Katherine Daniels, participants will work together to conceive a concept for the project and create their own weavings to construct a site-specific design to enhance a chain link fence located at the ball fields along West Main Street in Bogota.  The first workshop starts on Monday, February 25 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Olsen Park Recreation Center, located at 162 Main Street in Bogota, New Jersey. 

            The second workshop takes place on Thursday, April 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Bergen Makerspace in the Bergen County Technical Schools Adult & Continuing Education Building, located at 190 Hackensack Avenue in Hackensack, New Jersey.  The Bergen Makerspace staff and expert "makers" will provide one-on-one instruction on 3D printing, offering participants the opportunity to design and produce individual embellishments for the fence weaving.  Local artists and creatives of all ages are welcome to contribute their unique talents to the project and to learn a new technology that can be used in their own work.

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            On Saturday, May 4, workshop participants and the community are invited to install the finished large-scale weaving on the fence.  All events are free and open to the public.  Registrants may attend one or both workshops.  Good-will donations are welcome to defray the costs of the workshop series and the installation.

            “Public art makes communities more vibrant and is especially meaningful when the art is inspired and created by members of the community.  We invite local artists and anyone interested in helping to beautify our region via art projects that provide creative expression and build connection to the places where we live and work," said Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.

Register

            Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required and may be done online.  For further information about the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation or ArtsBergen, contact nnjcf@nnjcf.org or call 201-568-5608. 

Artist Katherine Daniels

            Katherine Daniels’ beaded sculptures, weaving, and site-specific installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including throughout New York City, at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey and in “To Weave Dreams” at Miniartextil, Le Bellfroi Art Center in Montrouge, France.  Among her awards, Daniels received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting, the Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award for Public Art, and two Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Manhattan Creative Communities grants.  She was also selected as a participant in the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace.

            This program has been made possible in part by a grant administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs from funds grants by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

            Founded in 1998, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, public health, the environment, philanthropy, and the arts.  The NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in northern New Jersey to improve community life.  The Foundation's partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other and sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources. 

            For more information, visit the organization's website, send an email, or call (201) 568-5608.  Follow the NNJCF on Facebook and Twitter.