Save the Date – What Can Be Done To Make Ewing a Better Home for the Arts?

This past August the EGT collaborated with the Arts Council to hold a very successful public meeting where we advanced a two-fold agenda, discussing how to advance a dynamic arts community in Ewing and soliciting input to help us complete our survey defining Ewing’s art assets.

We invite all interested artists and art lovers to attend our follow up meeting as we continue our discussion on “What can be done to make Ewing a Better Home for the Arts?”

Date: Thursday, October 13th
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Ewing Senior and Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing in the Community Room

We hope to see you there

Save the Date! – Join Ewing’s Green Team and Arts Commission for a Discussion about the Future of the Arts in Ewing

What Role would you like to see the Arts Play in Ewing?  Would you like to see Ewing become an Arts Destination?

Join the EGT and the Ewing Arts Commission for an open discussion about the future of the arts in our town.  When: Thursday, August 25th from 7:00-8:30 PM, at the Ewing Community Center [ESCC], 999 Lower Ferry Road.

It’s no secret that music, theatre and the arts bring people together. There is a correlation between a strong arts participation and presence, and prosperity in a community, economically, socially and individually. Art attracts visitors which helps the local economy, people want vibrant communities that offer lifestyles of culture and recreation which attracts more residents, and the more residents brings new businesses and that brings in new investment into the community. This cycle creates growth and stability and a more sustainable heathy lifestyle for everyone.

Even before our recently published arts survey we knew that Ewing had many talented artists in a variety of fields and had venues such as the 1867 Sanctuary for musicians to perform, but can anyone say that Ewing is recognized for its Creative Assets? What are Ewing’s Creative Assets?  What sets Ewing apart from Lawrence or Trenton culturally or artistically? What do you think about an Annual Arts Festival?

Arts and culture strategies help reveal and enhance the unique identity and character of a community.  What special people, places or activities make the Ewing community distinct?  What cultural challenges does our community face? What associations/organizations/networks are regarded as most important for defining the value of our community; what are the most successful in linking people together?

This should be a public discussion with everyone who has interest in making Ewing the best place to live, work and play to participate in how to promote the arts in our town.  So, please join in for a discussion about the Arts in Ewing.

“The arts are not a frill. The arts are a response to our individuality and our nature, and help to shape our identity. What is there that can transcend deep difference and stubborn divisions? The arts. They have a wonderful universality. Art has the potential to unify. It can speak in many languages without a translator. The arts do not discriminate. The arts can lift us up.” –Former Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

Date: Thursday, August 25th
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Ewing Senior and Community Center [ESCC], 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing.
Cost:  Free and open to the public

Light Refreshments Will Be Served

Calling All Artists in Ewing Township! The Ewing Green Team and Arts Commission Are Looking for You!

Are you an artist … musician… singer… writer or involved in the Arts in Ewing? Would you like to get more exposure for your work? Would you like to contribute to making Ewing an Arts Destination? Please complete our survey and help us promote the arts in Ewing!

The Ewing Green Team & Arts Commission are partnering to compile an inventory of Ewing’s creative assets. Our goal is to create a directory of cultural, historic, natural, creative and human resources, including local artists, businesses, cultural activities and events, buildings/venues, and arts and community organizations in Ewing. Once we have gathered and organized all the information into one document; we will have a Ewing Creative Assets Community Resource Guide; a useful one-stop source for all artistic and inspiring people, places, or events.

Art is a source for community and civic pride; it engages people and transforms lives; it adds richness and dimension to our lives.  It is a powerful and dynamic economic force that supports key businesses and tourism.  It attracts and retains residents, consumers and other commercial interests and brings jobs and additional revenue. The Arts are essential to a quality education and help our children succeed as innovators and problem solvers in the 21st century workplace.

Promotion of a town’s creative assets not only makes communities more livable and prosperous, but also helps to better nurture them. They help communities explore their strengths and discover what makes each distinct. With the opening of the 1867 Sanctuary, the historic Scotch Road church transformed into a unique community arts center which is now featuring local talents on a regular basis, Ewing is experiencing a reawakening of pride in our local talent.

If you are one of the many Ewing artists or work in one of the arts’ fields we ask you to please complete our Arts Survey either online or by filling it out in PDF and mailing it to:

Ewing Green Team, 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing, NJ 08628.

You may choose to include your information to be included in the Resource Guide, or just complete the survey anonymously. Once completed; we anticipate making the directory publicly available and posted on both the Ewing Green Team and Arts Commission websites.

There is so much going on in our own backyard that many of us don’t even know about. This will help spread the word; Ewing is a great place to live, close to a lot of wonderful things to do and see and now we’ll know where to go to find them!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ewing Green Team and Arts Commission member  Lisa Feldman,  at (609) 620-0722 or lkfeldman1975@gmail.com.  Or you may email the Ewing Green Team directly at ewinggreenteam@gmail.com.