GLASSBORO – June 15, 2017 – Creative Glassboro in cooperation with the Mosaic Family Success Center and Rowan University College of Communication and Creative Arts will launch a mosaic mural project led by world renown artist Isaiah Zagar on the façade of the Glassboro Center at 110 East High Street on Monday June 19 from 9: 00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily thorough Thursday June 24th.

The mural project has been planned by the partners since October of 2016 and is coming to fruition with additional support of the Borough Town Council and Community Businesses who have provided the funding and materials for the project.  Mosaic Family Success Center is a mainstay of both the community of Glassboro and the Arts and Entertainment District on East High Street.  The mosaic project involves the community in a creative placemaking project that will establish the identity of the Center and its commitment to enhancing the quality of life through creativity and the arts.

Mosaic Family Success Center community members have engaged in workshops with Rowan Faculty member Skeffington Thomas to design and make tiles to be used in the mosaic.  Others in the community are resources for additional materials, including glass as identified by the Heritage Glass Museum.  The aim is to include as many community members as possible from Glassboro to name and claim their civic pride in a major work of art that will bring prestige and cultural identity to the Arts and Entertainment District High Street.

 

The Partners

Robins’ Nest is a community based services powerhouse with over 65 programs and services that impact children, adults, families, veterans, caregivers and the community at large.  Headquartered in Glassboro, Robins’ Nest currently provides services to the seven counties of southern New Jersey.   We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to grow up in a healthy, happy, and safe environment, and that community members of any age, race, or religion have somewhere to turn to in their time of need. www.robinsnestinc.org

Mosaic Family Success Center, operated by Robins’ Nest, provides services that support the overarching goal to strengthen individual and family functioning and empower community residents to acquire the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to succeed and achieve optimal outcomes for children. What takes place on any given day at the Family Success Center is a connection that enables community members from all walks of life to share their talents, knowledge and experiences with others so that anyone leaving will have a sense of renewed vision for their lives. www.glassborofsc.org

Creative Glassboro is a community group dedicated to making Glassboro a welcoming, vibrant, and joyful arts and culture destination for the South Jersey Region and beyond. Our mission is to integrate arts and culture into the fabric of downtown Glassboro as an economic development tool that will enhance the quality of life, provide better creative experiences, and promote new opportunities for  all of our citizens.  www.creativeglassboro.com

 

Isaiah Zagar is an award-winning mosaic mural artist whose work can be found on more than 200 public walls throughout the city of Philadelphia and around the world. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Brooklyn, Zagar received his B.F.A. in Painting & Graphics at the Pratt Institute of Art in New York City.

Zagar’s work is included in the permanent collections of numerous art institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and has been featured in solo exhibitions throughout the Philadelphia area. Zagar has received grants for his artistic excellence from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Charitable Trusts for his work in Interdisciplinary Arts.

Isaiah Zagar has gained recognition in various films and publications, most notably in the 2008 documentary, In A Dream, created by his son, Jeremiah Zagar. He has spoken at several prominent conferences and artists’ lectures both domestically and internationally. Through 40+ years of creating artwork on a grand, public scale, Zagar has helped shape Philadelphia into a thriving creative community.  www.phillymagicgardens.org

Community Impact

A project such as this will not only bring the community together to create something beautiful and historic, but will empower families and individuals to use their creativity and strengths to give back and produce something they are proud of.  This project truly embodies four principles that have been and remain of the utmost important to the Glassboro community: art, history, education, and family.  The result of a project of this magnitude will be a work of art that will showcase what a community can accomplish when it works together and something that we hope continues to spread throughout Glassboro.

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