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Summit Public Art Ramps Up Partnership with Hilltop City's Schools

Students began their collaborations in February and debuted their works this month. Credits: Summit Public Schools Photo Services
Emily Tricker, left, and Grace Morrissey. Credits: Summit Public Schools Photo Services
Elise Yeager and artist Dan Fenelon. Credits: Summit Public Schools Photo Services
Daniel Vandersteen and Megan Abate. Credits: Summit Public Schools Photo Services
Amaury Rosario and Andy Toxtle. Credits: Summit Public Schools Photo Services

SUMMIT, NJ - Seven Summit Summit High School students, each considering the visual arts as a career path, were an integral part of a Summit Public Art-driven program that brought collaborative new installations to the Hilltop City

The 'Ramp Up' program saw seniors Megan AbateAmaury Rosario and Daniel Vandersteen, juniors Grace Morrissey, Emily Tricker, Elise Yeager, along with sophomore Andy Toxtle work with professional artist Dan Fenelon to lead the Hilltoppers in the project. Fenelon creates works that are both vivid and vibrant, with bold graphics

Fenelon and the seven students worked together beginning in February, planning and creating the public art installation that was displayed in early June on the Village Green.

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“Our students responded positively to the collaborative nature of the work, and stepped outside their artistic comfort zones and usual styles as they designed and created their public art pieces,” said Summit High School Art teachers Meghan Scozzari and Kelly Wright .

A goal of Summit Public Art’s Rising Mentorship Program is for students to connect with -- and learn from -- public art, and ultimately to help shape the City's public art landscape. Through 'Ramp Up', local resources will continue to inspire and mentor tomorrow’s artists.

Summit Public Art committee members Marie Cohen and Debi Schwarzmann co-created 'Ramp Up' from a lifetime love of and belief in the power of mentorship and teaching. “RAMP UP provides not just the educational component we both love, but also connects us as an organization with the parents and the community,” said Cohen.

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