Montclair is known as an arts destination but it doesn’t have an art park. Montclair artist Jennifer Levine would like to change that.
Levine and artist Elizabeth Jacobs (who created the “Tony” bench at the corner of Park Street and Chestnut) came up with the idea for Art Park Montclair (APM), an open, accessible, inviting public space for the community to gather and connect through a shared artistic experience. The project team now includes Amy Tingle and Maya Stein of The Creativity Caravan – a Montclair-based creative arts workshop, gallery, and studio space – and Alex Nunez of Colectivo Workshop, an architectural design-build studio.
The mission of Art Park Montclair is to celebrate the cultural richness of Montclair through experiences that promote creative play, inspire self-expression, and deepen connection to and pride of the community. Through engaging installations, inviting gathering spaces, and unique sculptural and educational features, Art Park Montclair will be a lively and evolving destination for locals and visitors alike.
Levine is in talks with a number of community stakeholders to identify existing public spaces and parks that might be the home for Art Park Montclair. Once the site is selected, Art Park Montclair will be completed in three stages. These include: the design and installation of a community-themed mural; a performance area and other art elements; and the seating components (benches, chairs, etc.) Target date for completion of Art Park Montclair is August 1, 2018. Levine is working with her team to raise $40,000 to fund the park (look for Levine tonight (Friday, 7/28) on Church Street near South Park from 5-8 p.m., where she will be creating Soul Portraits in exchange for donations).
Start-up costs to develop plans, design architectural renderings, and launch a website and marketing campaign will be covered by individual donations. Building and implementation costs will be met through a combination of a crowd-sourced campaign, arts and community grants, and tax-deductible organization contributions. To make a tax deductible donation, visit peacegardenproject.com. To support the vision of Art Park Montclair, visit and vote for the Art Park Montclair initiative on PLANETCIVIC.