December 07, 2016 // Franchising.com // ENGLEWOOD, NEW JERSEY - One River School of Art + Design, the nation’s first national network of contemporary art schools, has officially launched with new locations in Allendale, New Jersey and Frisco, Texas. These schools, scheduled to open in early 2017, join the flagship operation, established here in 2012, with the mission to develop what the New York Times called “the next generation of Basquiats and Warhols.”
One River School of Art + Design signals a new direction in art education for suburban kids, teens and adults, providing the kind of exceptional, creative learning experiences previously only available in major cities. Using proprietary teaching methods, world-class instructors, and interactive processes, the schools deliver an experience that “changes people’s lives,” according to One River School founder and CEO Matt Ross. Each school also presents exhibitions from emerging artists as part of its commitment to be the voice of contemporary art in its community.
One River School also offers such one-of-a-kind opportunities as the pop-up Art Effect exhibit, which this fall has brought artwork by 11 of its teen students to Boston and Philadelphia and will arrive at BravinLee programs gallery in New York City (526 W. 26th St.) on Saturday, December 10.
Ross, recently called a “creative visionary” by Parade Magazine, brings a deep background in creative education and the national franchise business model to One River School as the former founding CEO of School of Rock. Ross has signed agreements for more franchised schools to open in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, with a goal of opening 100 new locations over the next five years.
“Art education is broken in America,” says Ross. “We want to provide the coolest place near home to learn to be creative, stretch one’s pure potential and have fun. We believe people are desperately looking for new ways to grow, and we have found that art making is a rewarding and personal way to improve the quality of life. When people have art in their lives, they simply become better people. It’s my goal to achieve that coast to coast.”
“I love the challenge of inspiring people through compelling art education while making it fun at the same time,” he said. “This is my calling, my mission and the purpose of One River.”
For more information about One River School of Art + Design, visit www.oneriverschool.com. For available franchise opportunities, visitwww.oneriverschool.com/franchise.
SOURCE One River School