Created with a mission to make contemporary sculpture and art available to everyone, GFS partners with a variety of community programs, state-wide accessibility initiatives, and regional social service organizations to make our mission a reality every day.
With the generous support of foundations, business partners, state and federal grants, and our loyal members, we strive to bring innovative, creative and life-affirming arts programming to everyone.
Disability Arts Programs
Enabling Creativity with Enable Inc., and the Horizon Foundation of New Jersey
With the generous support of the Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, Grounds For Sculpture offers our Enabling Creativity Program, for teens and adults with severe physical and cognitive impairments.
Since 2011, GFS has partnered with Enable, Inc., to host a series of hands-on art making workshops. The finish art work is displayed in our education gallery. This year, we brought in specialize needs art educators to provide additional training for our staff and volunteers, to better meet the individual needs of the participants. The final artworks are displayed in the GFS Education Gallery.
Matheny Medical and Educational Center's Arts Access Program
With the assistance of our partner, the Matheny Medical and Educational Center, we offer, free-of-charge training seminars for arts educators and staff.
New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center Fall Festival
As hosts of this biennial event, GFS opens its grounds to reach over 200 patrons with no or limited vision. GFS provided a hands-on altered book art workshop specially designed for patrons with no vision. In addition, GFS volunteers provide special touch tours for the sight impaired. This partnership allowed the Talking Book and Braille Center to accommodate a large number of participants in a fully-ADA compliant facility, and GFS was able to further its mission of making the arts accessible to all.
The Cultural Access Network and GFS
As thought leaders in the field of cultural arts accessibility, the GFS staff work closely as members of the Cultural Access Network to make the arts accessible to all. Since its inception in 1994, CAN has provided service to the state’s cultural community to assist them as they make their facilities and programs more accessible to people with disabilities. As board members, GFS staff provide free consulting and training services to other organizations throughout New Jersey, to share our “best practices” and aid other to create opportunities for the whole public to engage the arts. GFS also serves as proud hosts of the annual CAN Awards Dinner, to celebrate the best of New Jersey’s creativity in serving the public regardless of ability.
NJ Public School Outreach
Connections with Sculpture Summer Institute
Since 2012, GFS has offered the Connections with Sculpture Summer Institute, a free summer professional development workshop for K-12 public school educators. With the support of the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Foundation and the NEA this three-day workshop invites New Jersey educators from across the state to participate in hands-on arts classes, artists studio tours and small group sessions to help them integrate sculpture into their curriculums. We provide tuition, study guides, training manuals, and even free trips back with their students to extend the joys of sculpture to school children across the state.
Isles, Inc. Partnership Summer Camp
Since 2012, GFS has partnered with Isles Inc.’s summer program for Trenton youth to offer a unique set of day-long experiences. Over four weeks, the campers came to GFS to make their own art with professional sculptors, pick food from our garden and cook their own pizzas, participate in percussion workshops with local musicians, and write and perform poetry in a poetry slam. We’re thrilled to be able to continue this program in 2015.
Senior Wellness Walks & Talks
In partnership with Stoneking Wellness Centers, GFS holds a regular series of wellness walk and talks. Participants arrive before the Park open to the public, and are treated to a 45-minute walk, followed by refreshments and a presentation on wellness such as aromatherapy, yoga, stress reduction and diet. This popular program runs during the warmer weather, and is a treat for the mind, body and soul.
Our Community Gallery showcases artwork created by members of a wide assortment of community programs. Artists from local photography clubs, our public schools, and organizations as diverse as the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Homefront, and the Progressive Center for Independent Living have all held shows in recent years.
GFS’ Performing Arts Partnerships offer some of our most dynamic and eclectic shows in the region: Outlet Dance, Boheme Opera, NJ Storytelling Festival, Guild For Early Music, Trenton Educational Dance Institute and the Gay Men’s Chorus are just a few of the musical and performance groups who perform at GFS.
If you or your organization is interested in supporting GFS’ Community Initiatives, please call Rhonda DiMascio, Director of Development (609) 586-0616 x233.