The River Works Project – High School Families

Your teen has  been invited to participate in the River Works Project at River Arts, a nonprofit arts organization in Morrisville.  

River Arts and Johnson State College have partnered together to bring the River Works Project to our community.  The River Works Project is designed to increase awareness about the Lamoille River and its social, economic and environmental impact on the Town of Morristown. The project will evolve over the course of 2017-2018, and culminate with permanent public art installations designed and created by Johnson State College and area high school students at the Oxbow Riverfront Park in 2018. The final installations are intended to beautify the area, increase our community’s awareness of the surrounding natural environment, and provide opportunities for observation and contemplation.  The first phase of this project presents a unique opportunity for high school students to work with professional Artist and Johnson State College Assistant Professor of Fine Art, Michael Zebrowski to design public art pieces at the Oxbow Park in Morrisville.

Michael has installed a time-lapse camera at the rail trail bridge over the Lamoille River in Morrisville this winter. The camera is taking 12 images a day during the noon hour and the footage will be assembled into a time-lapse video displaying the changes from winter to spring with the weather and the river. The footage will help all involved to begin to better understand the river, the landscape and the potentials for public art. After studying the changes in the river and its environment, art and science students from GMTCC and PA will collaborate with  Michael in envisioning  public art.

What students will gain from this experience:

✹Introduction to working collaboratively to create a public work of art.

✸Work with a professional artist who has successfully completed public sculpture projects

✹Develop craftsmanship and the understanding of choice tools and materials.

✹Learn about the environment while creating public art

Timeline 

  • March 25, 2017- 1:00-3:00 p.m. Community meeting at the River Arts Center to talk about the River Works Project, students and families encouraged to attend.   
  • July 31- August 4, 2017- Monday through Friday 9am-3pm,  1 week project with Artist/Instructor Michael Zebrowski and Johnson State College students to design mock-ups of their ideas at the River Arts Center in Morrisville. Includes intro to the project, visit and exploration of project site, introduction to casting and materials, and creating prototype designs. 
  • May, 2018- Sculptures will be constructed by Johnson State design class to specifications of high school students with modifications/revisions from Morristown Selectboard.
  • June, 2018- Unveiling.

Contact Information:

Michael Zebrowski, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Johnson State College

michael.zebrowski@jsc.edu

Heidi Bielenberg, Administrative Assistant, River Arts

heidi@riverartsvt.org | 802-888-1261

 

There is no cost to participate in this exciting project and space is limited.  Please secure your place early and register by calling River Arts at 802-888-1261, email heidi@riverartsvt.org or register online using the form below.  We hope you’ll join us this summer!

 


 

 

River Works Project - Family Registration Form

Your teen has been invited to participate in the River Works Project at River Arts! The first phase of this project presents a unique opportunity for high school students to work with Professional Artist and Johnson State College Assistant Professor of Fine Art, Michael Zebrowski to design public art pieces at the Oxbow Park in Morrisville. This is a fully funded community arts project and participation is free!
  • By registering your student, you are confirming your commitment for them to participate and attend the following: