Saturday, June 24, 2017, 8:00 PM
33 North Rochdale Avenue
Roosevelt, NJ 08555
Ever since Rockefeller Center mural painter Ben Shahn was invited by the Works Progress Administration to create a mural in Jersey Homesteads (since renamed Roosevelt), N.J., this experimental rural farming community has become a haven for potters, painters, musicians, librettists, and writers. Generations of Artists, a 25-minute documentary, visits with the artists who continue to make Roosevelt their home nearly a century after the town’s founding.
By all accounts the Woodland Trail Art Walk and Open Gallery organized by Hunter Ellentuck which took place October 22nd, 2016 was a resounding success. Now, thanks to Mike Silverman, you can see and hear reactions to the event recorded at various times during the day. Click on the image to see what you missed.
With help from the Roosevelt Arts Project, students at Roosevelt Public School have recently completed a beautiful ceramic mural now adorning the entry hall of the school.
Teachers at Roosevelt Public School, home to the priceless Ben Shahn mural, have long used it as a tool to teach students about the town's history, art, and culture. In her Kindergarten class, for instance, teacher Larisa Bondy had her students create their own mural, depicting their lives in Roosevelt. But their mural was on a piece of paper. Larisa wanted to create a lasting mural, involving not just her kindergarten class but every student at RPS.
Inspired by RPS's acquisition of a kiln, she conceived of a mural made of ceramics. She obtained funding from a variety of Roosevelt groups, including the Roosevelt Arts Project, and hired Bucks Artists in Residence to help implement the mural. Working with AIR, a non-profit registered 501c3 organization dedicated to exposing children to the arts by bringing professional artists to regional schools, each student at RPS made a tile. Some depicted the flora and fauna of Roosevelt. Some depicted the houses. Others portrayed people. Some were landmarks like the school, amphitheater, Roosevelt's head, and, of course, most important to the children, the playground! Each contributing organization also made a tile. The tiles were bisque fired, glazed, and fired again.
The artists from AIR provided the layout which is a roadmap of the town. And after all the tiles were placed and colored grout added, the mural was finished.
The Roosevelt Arts Project can be proud of its part in supporting the artistry of the next generation of Rooseveltians - the students at Roosevelt Public School.
The Roosevelt Arts Project now has a new email alert system. Simply provide your name and email on our Join Us page, and you will automatically receive email reminders of upcoming RAP events.
A video of the excellent talk about the Roosevelt mural given by Alan Mallach as part of RAP's 25th anniversary celebration is now available on this web site. Or if your browser blocks popups, you can also find it on YouTube.
The list of Roosevelt Artists on this site still contains many names without biographical information or links to their work.
If you wish your name to be added or remain listed on the Artists page, we would like to receive information about you and your work. If you already have your own web site with this information, please provide us with the web link (URL) and we will happily point to it.
If you do not have your own web site, we can include information about you and your work using a standard pop-up template. You should include at least some biographical information such as your background, education, and association with Roosevelt, as well as information about your work. But this is only a suggestion. The information, organization, and length are all up to you.
Please send all information as a Word, PDF, or ASCII text file to:
If you would like to provide information about a Roosevelt artist who has already passed away, please contact David Herrstrom to discuss.