En Masse Mural Project at the Williams Center
Updated: Aug 21, 2019
By Jennifer Ersalesi
Photos submitted by Collin Millington
The Williams Center is excited to host a set of brand new workshops in Rutherford at The Williams Center (located on Park Ave between Spring Dell and Glen Road) Wednesday, August 21 from 6 - 9 pm and Friday August 23 from 1 - 4 pm.
Additional workshops will also be added in the near future. As explained on the Facebook page for the Williams Center for the Arts, “These hands-on workshops will explore the personal implications of the “American Dream” -- how does this national ethos relate to the lives of each participant in very personal ways? -- through a process of shared creativity, conversation, a boat load of drawing (no ‘skill’ required!), and community building.” After all the sessions have been completed, drawings may be selected to become part of the larger permanent mural, which will be painted on the side of the Big Snow ski hill at the American Dream Meadowlands complex later this summer/fall. This is Rutherford spoke with Collin Millington about these workshops and how the Rutherford community can get involved.
TIR: Who are invited to attend the mural workshops?
Collin Millington: Workshops are open to the general public, all are welcome, no talent required.
TIR: Do participants need to bring any supplies?
CM: No, all art supplies will be provided
TIR: What will the murals be drawn upon?
CM: An unstretched canvas.
TIR: What will the murals be used for?
CM: The canvas panel will be a result of the process, and will reside with Williams Center. Elements from the mural that we create together may be incorporated into the mural we paint on the Big Snow ski hill at the American Dream Meadowlands Complex.
TIR: Can you explain more about the En Masse Project?
CM: The EN MASSE Project is teaming up with ADM [American Dream Meadowlands] to create one of the biggest and most unique artworks in the country, covering every inch of the 60,000 square foot Big Snow Ski Hill. More importantly, this is a mural painted for, about, and by the community of East Rutherford, New Jersey, and its surrounding region.
The En Masse project is a multi-artist collaborative drawing project that creates large-scale, highly spontaneous drawings in black and white, designed to explore shared creativity, the power of public art, and the building of strongly inclusive communities.
This massive community-driven undertaking explores what the “American Dream” means to each of us in very real and personal levels. This project engages artists and the community to consider how to best represent our relationships to this national ethos through imagery.