Art & the City Gala


About the Event

The Annual Art & the City Gala is the major fundraising event for the Newark Arts Council, attracting nearly 200 of the community’s most philanthropic individuals in the support of the Arts in Newark.  All proceeds from the Gala support the Newark Arts Council’s mission of promoting and preserving the arts in the city through supporting local artists and arts education programs and initiatives. To support this event through purchasing tickets or ads, please contact Amanda Parker at 908-322-1100 or

This year three prominent women have been chosen to be honored at the Newark Arts Council’s annual Art & the City Gala: Emily “Cissy” Houston, Ruth C. Lipper, and Mary Sue Sweeney Price. The annual signature fundraiser will be held on the evening of Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Newark Museum. The Newark Art Council will celebrate Women in the Arts at this year’s gala by honoring these three outstanding figures who have supported, promoted, and preserved the arts through their talents, careers, and philanthropic interests.

About the Honorees

Emily ‘Cissy’ Houston
Newark native Cissy Houston is a two-time Grammy award-winning artist who is actively involved in Newark’s artistic and gospel communities. Ms. Houston has expanded appreciation of gospel music on both a local and international scale through her role as the Minister of Music at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark and her annual performances at GospelFest, sponsored by McDonald’s and taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark since 2008.

Ruth C. Lipper
Ruth C. Lipper serves a number of leadership roles including Co-Chair of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Trustees, and Trustee of the Newark Museum, Trustee of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Women’s Association to name a few. She has also been appointed by Governor Christie to serve on the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, where she is an active member of both the Arts Education and  Public Value Committees.

Mary Sue Sweeney Price
Mary Sue Sweeney Price recently retired as the Director of the Newark Museum. During her twenty year tenure she ushered the Museum into the prestigious position of being the largest and oldest in the state of New Jersey. The restoration of the historical Ballantine House was completed, the interactive Victoria Hall of Science opened, and the beautiful Horizon Plaza entryway and outdoor garden space was dedicated under her guidance.

Information about sponsorship and ticket purchases will be available shortly.