Big Sister, a Collaborative Community Art Installation is now hanging on display outside the Summit YMCA!


 Summit, NJ, December 2017– The Summit YMCA, in collaboration with local community organizations Summit Public Art, The Art of Union County and Frank’s Tree Service installed “Big Sister” an eye-catching art installation by sculptor Ellie Murphy. It is currently on display at the Summit YMCA at 67 Maple Street, Summit NJ.

Big Sister is one of many pieces created by sculptor Ellie Murphy whose works explore the relationship between personal and cultural nostalgia in both materials and method, while at the same time questioning the fine art/traditional craft form border. It’s a captivating work of art made up of thousands of multi-colored beads and tassels strung outside the Summit YMCA’s main entrance for all to see. It’s welcoming, thought-provoking and inviting. What’s more, adults at The Arc of Union County habilitation program with Sights and Sounds joined artist Ellie Murphy to string the beads. Frank’s Tree Service of Summit assisted with a bucket truck and workers to hang this piece three stories above street level. Board members from Summit Public Art and many other volunteers also joined in to help. It was a true community effort -- from the community, for the community.

“So far the community reaction has ranged between "gorgeous!" and "Wow!!" – Vicki Lederman, Arts Committee, Mayor's Partnership for Public Art/Summit says describing Big Sister.

The Y is invested in working with local organizations to enrich, strengthen and engage the local community and the Big Sister project is no exception. Supporting the community in an effort to spread cultural awareness and appreciation for diversity is core to the Y’s mission to help all people learn, grow, and thrive.

This year the Y has partnered with numerous local groups providing programs for many groups in the community. Our Volunteen Program this summer linked teens with volunteer opportunities at Trailside Nature Center Camp, Reeves Reed Arboretum, New Jersey Sharing Network among others. In October the Summit YMCA partnered with the Summit Public Library in Trunk or Treat bringing children of all ages and from neighboring towns together for games, stories, crafts and treats. This January the Summit YMCA will sponsor an acting class for teens in conjunction with the Central Presbyterian Church and the Central Art Academy. Teens will learn new skills and participate in plays & auditions in this class. For more information on this class, please go to:

In addition, The Summit Area YMCA offers a wide variety of programs and services including our free 7th Grade Membership, the Achievers Program, Summer Camp and Assistance to military families just to name a few. To view our programs and offers go to:


About the Summit Area YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Millburn, Springfield, Short Hills, Summit, Gillette, and Stirling. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need. To strengthen your community and provide others with the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, make your tax-deductible donation today at