MONTCLAIR, NJ - Residents will gather on Sunday to paint the first square in a street quilt in one of Montclair Township's 4-way-stop intersections. 

Haley Winstead, freshman at Montclair High School and Cadette Girl Scout with Troop 44, decided to pursue a community building public art project by working with neighbors to paint a street mural as her Girl Scout Silver Award project -- the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. It is meant to give girls an opportunity to be leaders in improving their communities. Haley believes public art helps to beautify and bring communities together, so she created an opportunity for local students to show off their artistic skills by entering their designs to be painted as part of a mural on the pavement at a 4-way stop in Montclair.

Painting day is this Sunday, August 16, with a rain date of the following Sunday, August 23. We are looking for volunteers to help with painting and clean-up from 10am - noon, noon - 2pm, and 2pm - 4pm. 

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Haley's Montclair Street Quilt project is being done in partnership with Montclair Township, the Montclair Traffic and Parking Advisory Committee, Bike&Walk Montclair and the Eat. Play. Live… Better coalition. The Street Quilt is envisioned to be a series of painted intersection murals at 4-way stops throughout town.

Designs submitted by Montclair middle school and rising middle school students in June and July were reviewed by a design selection committee. Three designs provided the inspiration for the final mural: Emma Demefack's entry included a motif that forms the center of the final design (see figure 1); Emma is a 6th grader at Renaissance Middle School. Denise Hindi, a 7th grader at Glenfield Middle School, and Zoe Rosenberg, a freshman at Montclair High School also submitted entries that inspired aspects of the final design, to be painted at the intersection of Chesnut and Forest Street. The design was orignally scheduled to be painted a block away, at the intersection of Chestnut and North Fullerton, but pending work by PSE&G dictacted the move.

Volunteers are welcome to sign up for one or more time slot and can do so by emailing MontclairStreetQuilt@gmail.com or by visiting the Facebook page, Facebook.com/Montclair Street Quilt.