Community Art Project
Community Art Project
Posted on 01/04/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Community Art ProjectThe theme of this year's Convocation was HOPE, and the art installation was designed around a Wishing Tree, an idea originally created in Lam Tsuen, Hong Kong in 1770, and more recently promoted by Yoko Ono in the interactive art installation entitled the Imagine Wish Tree project featured in several locations around the world, including the MoMA. 


Art teachers at every district school created a bulletin board featuring each school’s special yarn-wrapped branch -- as seen in the video below.  Wishes from the teachers and students wishes hang in each art installation.

Wish Tree Community Art Project Video

Red Oak Trees Donated to Ridgewood Schools as a Symbol of Hope

The Ridgewood Public Schools recently received a donation of 11 northern red oak trees from the Home and School Associations (HSA) as part of the district's 2020 community art project, A Wish for the World. The Executive Board of the Federated HSA coordinated this effort with Gary Cirillo at Gary's Village Landscaping, who contributed to this initiative by substantially discounting the cost of the trees and labor.

"This project, born of a collaboration between Dr. Fishbein, the Federated HSA, and two of our elementary art teachers, Samantha Stankiewicz, and Erika Pifher, helps to provide a districtwide response to what is going on in the world today," shared Chris McCullough, Supervisor of Fine and Applied Arts. The Hope Tree project captures feelings about today, helps us all to look toward a better tomorrow, and serves as a symbol for years to come about how our community came together during this year of uncertainty.  I am so pleased to have been a part of this project, particularly as it has created such a wonderful way to connect the arts to such important action." 

Click here to view the full press release.

HSA Photo

Wish for the World