NEA Grant to Support Workshops with Mobile Artist

By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Oct 09, 2019

Toms River — The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College a grant of $10,000 to support a collaboration with mobile artist Kevin Reese called “Mobilizing Our Community.” Reese will conduct community-based workshops at OCC as well as school-based residencies to facilitate intensive learning opportunities.

“During these school visits, he will work with students to create miniature ‘maquette’ mobiles, installed as part of the larger public display,” the college explained. “As they create individual pieces, students must learn to balance together to create a whole piece of art that will be a legacy and will open a dialogue about the importance of art and art’s place in a community.”

“Mr. Reese is an actor, designer and visual artist with 40 years of experience working with young people as a performer and artist-in-residence,” said Mark Wilson, director of cultural affairs for the Grunin Center. Reese is also a teacher of math, history, geometry and physics, which he merges with his knowledge of art and art history.

“Mr. Reese works with communities to create large permanent moving sculptures – at schools, community centers, and art centers – inspired by participants’ designs,” Wilson noted. “This program connects both geographically and economically disadvantaged people, who may not have had the opportunity to participate in such a large-scale art project.

“We will use this educational tool to connect diverse communities together through arts education,” Wilson added.

“All Americans should have access to the arts,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the NEA. “Grants such as this one for the Grunin Center are an important part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ work to ensure people in communities both large and small across the nation have the opportunity to experience the arts.”  —J.K.-H.

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