Imagine Your Park. Imagine the Art. NEA Grant Press Release by Manda Gorsegner



More than $1 Million Goes to Fund Arts in National Parks

Includes $20,000 awarded to Monmouth Arts 


RED BANK, NJ - May 11, 2016 - Today, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service announced $1,067,500 in support of 50 grants in 27 states, including an award of $20,000 to Monmouth Arts to welcome and involve diverse communities through an array of participatory visual and performing arts and family activities that highlight the environment, history and beauty of Fort Hancock. Imagine Your Parks is a grant initiative from the National Endowment for the Arts created in partnership with the National Park Service to support projects that use the arts to engage people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System. These awards are part of a larger National Endowment for the Arts announcement also made today in which the agency will make 1,142 awards totaling $80.9 million to organizations in all 50 states and five jurisdictions.


"As part of the NEA's 50th anniversary, this year we are celebrating the magnificence of America's national cultural treasures through art," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "The Imagine Your Parks grant program unites our mission with the National Park Service by connecting art projects with the natural, historic and cultural settings of the National Park System and will inspire a new generation to discover these special places and experience our great heritage."


"The 'Imagine Your Parks' grants are really helping us celebrate the NPS Centennial and the NEA's 50th Anniversary with some incredibly diverse and interesting projects that continue to inspire more Americans of all backgrounds to connect with their national parks," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "The grants already awarded are already demonstrating the success of the program through a variety of inspiring projects. A new generation of artists is connecting to national parks through their work, and motivating others to do the same."


"This is an exciting project that will bring together environmental artists and environmental groups to create public art from garbage collected by Clean Ocean Action at their beach sweeps to highlight the problem of waste in our National Parks," said Monmouth Arts Executive Director Mary Eileen Fouratt. "With the final Zero Waste Arts Fest in September we look forward to inviting Monmouth County residents and visitors to experience the arts, environment and historical treasures available out at Fort Hancock."


Follow "Imagine Your Parks" on Twitter @NEAarts and @NatlParkService, #ImagineYourParks #NEASpring16.


Monmouth Arts will collaborate with the U.S. National Park Service, Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Unit, NJ on Gateway to the Arts to engage the public in their local urban national park through the visual and performing arts. A summer installation of temporary public art, pairing artists with environmental groups at several park locations, will lead up to a two-day Zero Waste Arts Fest. Zero Waste Arts Fest will engage diverse communities through an array of arts, environmental and historical education activities, games and camping. The Fest will be zero-waste as one artist will create a growing sculpture through recycled refuse amassed during the two days-making a statement piece on waste and individual responsibility. Monmouth Arts is proud to partner with Clean Ocean ActionAmerican Littoral SocietyNJ Sea Grant Consortium, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as well as with local artists Laura Petrovich-CheneyManda Gorsegner, Angeles Cossio, and Lisa Bagwell.


Monmouth Arts is a nonprofit organization and the official County Arts Agency formed in 1971 to enrich the community by inspiring and fostering the arts.  The vision of Monmouth Arts is a vibrant arts community that enhances the quality of life throughout the county.  Monmouth Arts supports artists and arts groups through networking and resources, ArtHelps, the MoCo Arts Corridor, the Monmouth Teen Arts Festival, Local Arts Program Grants and by highlighting arts performances and exhibitions throughout Monmouth County on and social media.  Monmouth Arts' programs and the groups it supports serve over 700,000 people each year and bring over 2,600 arts events to Monmouth County.

This program is made possible through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, through the County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.


Information in this release is current as of May 11, 2016.

Up-to-the-minute information on events and Monmouth Arts news, online at


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Monmouth County Arts Council, 105 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701



New York Times by Manda Gorsegner

My two-person art exhibit, Palimpsest, opens tomorrow and made the New York Times highlights calendar of cool arts events to check out in New Jersey.

PALIMPSEST by Manda Gorsegner

Two-person exhibition at Gallery211 in Red Bank, New Jersey.

A 62-year-old Church has been converted into a multi-purpose eco-friendly office building with a community art gallery and several environmental groups renting space.  The Bravitas Group--with additional buildings in Montclair, NJ--saved the church stained glass windows, which now delicately light up the hallways of the community gallery space with soft pink light.

Paintings and prints created by myself and also artist Robert O'Connor, on display from February 26-May 20, 2016.  

Opening Reception Friday, February 26, 6-9pm.  Acoustic set; wine, cheese, sparkling water.

211 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ

Interest from the New York Times in highlighting our exhibition...

Debris Free Seas Conference by Manda Gorsegner

AmeriCorps volunteers lending a hand at Asbury Park in September.

The collaborative artist-Clean Ocean Action public mosaic project is well underway!  Artists have been on the beaches of Sandy Hook, Sea Bright, Asbury Park and Bradley Beach talking to communities, engaging volunteers to steward their beaches and pick up debris with Clean Ocean Action, and assisting artists in real-time to affix debris to murals on site.

Danielle Acerra and I have been working on the mural at the Asbury Park location.  

The next opportunity to clean up the shores will be on Saturday, October 24th, during the biannual COA statewide beach sweeps.  Over 70 locations from Cape May to Montclair, New Jersey participate in this program twice a year.

The final pollution mosaics will be displayed at the Debris Free Seas Conference at Brookdale Community College, November 11, 2015.  


Marine/Coastal Debris Community Mosaic - Artists collaborating with Clean Ocean Action by Manda Gorsegner

From August to November, a handful of artists will be collaborating with Clean Ocean Action staff and public volunteers to clean up the beaches and create community beach debris mosaics! Danielle Acerra and I will be leading the Asbury Park, NJ site off the boardwalk near Convention Hall.  We are currently working on the design and logistics and hope to get out there soon to get the public involved in environmental awareness through this cool art project.

Final mosaics will be displayed at the Clean Ocean Action November Conference, with the chance to tour the state!

Stay tuned for the final design and dates/times we'll be at the beach!

Mosaics will be at four other beach locations TBD.

Upcoming Solo Exhibition at Water Witch Coffee, Highlands, NJ by Manda Gorsegner


I'm having a solo show at Water Witch Coffee from May 23 thru July.

Paintings, mixed media pieces and jars of junk explore the melting of Greenland's glaciers and dark spots that accumulate on the ice.  Check it out if you're around!

Opening Reception, Saturday, May 23, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm

Water Witch Coffee

67 Waterwitch Avenue, Highlands, NJ

(DELICIOUS coffee and pastries--owned by the incredible Valerie McLaughlin)