Art & the City Gala


Pictured: Linwood Oglesby, Executive Director; Sheila McKoy, Board President; Ruth Lipper, Honoree; Dr. Emily Cissy Houston, Honoree; Mary Sue Sweeney Price, Honoree; Nina Mitchell Wells, Esq., Mistress of Ceremonies

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.

In 2014, three prominent women were 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 was held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Newark Museum. The event space was filled to capacity as the community was out in full force as we celebrated Women in the Arts. 

Performances included solo violinist Ming Yang’s performance of a specially commissioned piece; New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance’s presentation of our Medal of the Arts award and special accolades to Ms. Price; the grand finale featuring Reverend Stefanie Minatee and the Jubilation Choir and Cissy Houston’s now famous encore reprise of Jubilation’s Bridge Over Troubled Water you don’t have to miss a chance to show your support with a gift. For over thirty years, the Newark Arts Council has worked to develop programs and create opportunities for artists and residents in the City of Newark.

Your support would allow us to continue making ArtStart Grants, producing the annual Open Doors Studio Tour, and furthering our Arts Education initiatives. Your support is critical now more than ever as our programs rely on donors like you. Even if you missed the event, it’s not too late to show your support for our organization.