In 2018 the New Rochelle Council on the Arts collaborated again with the Ward Acres Community Gardens Arts Committee, this time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the garden. The RFP asked for artists to submit their proposals for a sculpture or 3-D art work that will serve as a focal point within the perennial garden at the WACG entrance.
Nestled in a meadow of Ward Acres (the entrance is near the intersection of Quaker Ridge and Broadfield Roads), the Ward Acres Community Garden was created in 2009 with the idea of “Building Community from the Ground Up.” Starting with just 36 10-by-12-foot plots it has grown to 88 plots that are distributed on a first come, first served basis at the beginning of each season. The mission of the Ward Acres Community Garden is to help build community, follow organic and ecologically sustainable principles, share knowledge and help feed the hungry – but in the process friendships have been cultivated and neighborliness nurtured.
The selected artist is Justin Christopher, and his work is to be installed in early 2019.