The Montclair Center BID is proud to announce the completion of the inaugural project of their Art Connects program, with four murals throughout downtown.  The murals, funded in part by the State of New Jersey’s Main Street Program, comprise four works by artists Chady Abousleiman (North Brunswick, NJ) for 180 Bloomfield Ave; Holly Rader (Clifton, NJ)  for 219 Glenridge Ave; Amol Saraf (Johns Creek, GA) for 420 Bloomfield Ave; and Jhonattan Arango (Palm Springs, FL) for 50 Church St. 

The project has been showcased in a video available here: 

 “Congratulations to all the artists, the Montclair Center BID and the community as a whole on these inspiring works,” said Brendan Gill, Essex County Freeholder President. “They are a fantastic addition to our Essex County arts scene, celebrating the energy and spirit of Montclair,”

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 “Successful public art requires that artists, community organizations and funders share the commitment and the vision to work together,” said Carlos Pomares, Essex County Freeholder, “I commend everyone on their hard work and successful placemaking.”  

 “It’s been fun seeing the artists at work throughout our downtown area,” said Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson. “I commend the BID and its partners for executing such a wonderful outdoor art project in Montclair. The colorful public canvases add even more vibrancy to our dynamic town.” 

“We are so grateful for the State of New Jersey’s Main Street program for their funding support to kickstart this project into action,” said Jason Gleason, executive director of the Montclair Center BID. “And the murals themselves have already become favorite highlights of our downtown.”

Representing more than 400 businesses and over 200 property owners in downtown Montclair, the Montclair Center BID is directly responsible for the music performances, beautification projects including plants and decorations, banners, way-finding signage and maintenance throughout the district. By encouraging dynamic collaboration, the Montclair Center BID also creates exciting events for shoppers and tourists, marketing opportunities for retailers and restauranteurs, and actively seeks to improve the area for businesses and residents.  For more information, visit montclaircenter.com