ArtStart Grantees 2021-2022

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Arts Always for All Take II

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Ivy Hill Vailsburg Center for Arts Culture and Community Activism Marcia Heard
Arts Always for All Take II
All 5 Wards

Project Summary

ACCA provides year-round arts and cultural health classes to people of all ages. Studio arts and cultural health classes include visual art/scene design, vocal music, instrumental music-recorder and piano, theater arts/scene design, dance, community activism, two creative writing salons: poetry/short story/graphic novel, Tai Chi, Gentle Stretch. ACCA will also offer two maker workshops beginning this summer.  

 

Back to the Future: A Virtual Intergenerational Arts Program

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Lillian Ribeiro Lillian Ribeiro
Back to the Future: A Virtual Intergenerational Arts Program
All 5 Wards

Project Summary

Newark artists, Lillian Ribeiro and Malik Whitaker, and Orange local, Ricardo Pena, will go “Back to the Future”, in a virtual intergenerational art program with Newark students at Elliott Street Elementary School and senior adults from all wards of Newark to explore theatre, art and music through oral histories of the Renaissance City. A culmination session invites Ironbound Senior Center participants, students, school administration and participating artists to celebrate works created during the program.

 

Brick City Dance: A Renaissance Endeavor

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Janelle Ings, Cindy Nicholson, and Susan Pope Janelle Ings, Cindy Nicholson, and Susan Pope
Brick City Dance: A Renaissance Endeavor
All 5 Wards

Project Summary

Brick City Dance: A Renaissance Endeavor is a documentary that will highlight twenty years of dance education in the Newark Public School system. It will serve as a resource for all educators. The documentary will include a historical timeline of dance education programs within the Newark Board of Education (NBOE). NBOE’s dance education programs have expanded to twenty-nine schools since 2001. Dance education is a vital component within NBOE. Dance strengthens literacy, cultural awareness, and foster’s creativity.

 

Community Institute

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The Institute of Music for Children Tierney Fitzmartin
Community Institute
South

Project Summary

The Institute of Music for Children’s mission is to engage children and youth in artistic expression and the creative process. Guided by its vision of HARMONY (Helping Achieve Responsible, Motivated, Optimistic, Neighborhood Youth), the Institute is building a community of high-achieving citizens who are arts makers through professional instruction, mentorship, and family engagement. Community Institute is one of its core programs, providing multi-media and performing Arts Residencies in four to six sites within Newark Public Schools.

 

Elliott - Telling Our Stories: African Dance, Drum, and Art

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Elliott Street School Ellen Tiedeken
Elliott – Telling Our Stories: African Dance, Drum, and Art
North

Project Summary

Elliott Street School’s project embraces the arts as a strategy to immerse its 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in West African culture, including dance and drum performance, history, storytelling, mask-making, crafts and field trips. “Telling Our Stories in African Dance, Drum and Art” includes a six-week residency by The Center for Modern Dance Education with three culminating performances in Elliott Street School’s Multi-Purpose Room and outdoor schoolyard and two days of ceramic mask-making workshops with Day-in-Clay.

 

GlassRoots Portable Hotshop at Newark Porchfest

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GlassRoots Lisa Duggan
GlassRoots Portable Hotshop at Newark Porchfest
Central

Project Summary

It will be hot enough to melt glass at Newark Porchfest 2021 on 9/25/21, as GlassRoots’ portable hotshop offers the art of glassblowing up close, and, safely, outside. The hotshop’s furnace fires up to 2,100°; hot enough to turn solid glass into a malleable liquid that can be fashioned into glass art. Attendees will view glassblowing demonstrations, experiencing the full potential of glass as a material for design and gaining an understanding of the craft.

 

InJustice@BrickCity

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Hellane Freeman Hellane Freeman
InJustice@BrickCity
All 5 Wards

Project Summary

The InJustice@BrickCity concept examines the Environmental/Social Injustice disadvantages within an underserved and marginalized society, via the use of new media art, photography, graffiti, and spoken word. The project deals explicitly with the unequal/ failed distribution of environmental/social benefits and the burdens people experience, at home, at work, or just being in their skin.

 

Keep Art Alive Summer Project

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STEAM 4 URBN Youth Inc. AKA STEAM Urban Amanda Ruiz
Keep Art Alive Summer Project
South
West

Project Summary

STEAM Urban proudly presents: Keep Art Alive the summer project. Taking an innovative approach to ART through environmental justice, art activism, and hands-on experience, STEAM Urban is a movement dedicated to redesigning the way education looks and feels for Black & Brown students. Providing thought-provoking programming to dismantle misrepresentation, Keep Art Alive provides families access to FREE, consistent and quality programming.

 

Maybe Something Beautiful at Weequahic Family Success Center

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Newark Emergency Services for Families Ms. Amina Bey
Maybe Something Beautiful at Weequahic Family Success Center
South

Project Summary

“Maybe Something Beautiful” melds literacy, art therapy, and community engagement to create a mural at Newark Emergency Services for Families’ (NESF) Weequahic Family Success Center. Through storytimes, we introduce the character “Mira”, who shows us how imagination becomes inspiration and that even the smallest things can make a big impact. Based on the true story of San Diego’s Urban Art Trail, this project complements the current public arts mural renaissance in Newark.

 

New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate

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Newark Symphony Hall Victoria Briones
New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate
All 5 Wards

Project Summary

Newark Symphony Hall is the new host of the New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate program, in partnership with award-winning youth literary arts organization Urban Word. This initiative encompasses not only the multi-tiered Youth Poet Laureate competition, but also community engagement through educational and artistic programming.

 

New Music Commissions by Black Composers for Keyboard Ensembles

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Keys 2 Success Jee-Hoon Yap Krska
New Music Commissions by Black Composers for Keyboard Ensembles
All 5 Wards

Project Summary

Keys 2 Success brings quality music education to PreK-8 students in the most underserved areas of Newark. Free, daily piano lessons are delivered in a group setting in their own environments, bringing together staff and volunteers to remove barriers and support students as they develop into future leaders. The “New Music Commissions by Black Composers for Keyboard Ensembles” reclaims classical music for students of color by creating and teaching students music by accomplished Black composers.

 

Newark PorchFest 2021
 

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Forest Hill Community Association Daniel Zanella
Newark Porchfest 2021
North

Project Summary

Newark PorchFest returns on 9/25/21 as a celebration of community arts with the following goals:

1. Provide a free, fun event that brings diverse arts programming to residents & visitors

2.  Showcase local musicians & artists (both professional and amateur)

3. Provide positive promotion for Newark, the North Ward & the Forest Hill Historic District

4. Continue building pride and a sense of community in Forest Hill

5. Raise funds to support community arts initiatives.

 

Newark Print Shop's Y.E.S. Program (Young Entrepreneur Screenprinters)

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Newark Print Shop Lisa Conrad
Newark Print Shop’s Y.E.S. Program (Young Entrepreneur Screenprinters)
Central

Project Summary

Newark Print Shop’s YES PROGRAM will introduce middle school and high school aged students to screenprinting as a contemporary and entrepreneurship art practice. Through this educational silkscreen program, Newark Print Shop will stimulate creative engagement and empower local teenage youth through the fine art of silkscreen printing. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the design and screenprinting process by engaging in skills-based learning of the medium culminating in a personal brand and apparel line.

 

PES STORY LAB

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Project for Empty Space Rebecca Jampol
PES STORY LAB
Central

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The PES Story Lab partners with creatives and practitioners to develop printed matter, cultivating discourse around important social justice issues. PES Story Lab aims to promote artists whose work is oriented around social impact and create brave spaces for those artists and their audiences alike.

 

SMAPA 2021-22 In-School Dance Residency at Newark’s Quitman Street Community School

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Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts, Inc. Sharron Miller
SMAPA 2021-22 In-School Dance Residency at Newark’s Quitman Street Community School
Central

Project Summary

During 2021-22, SMAPA will continue its successful in-school dance residency partnership at Newark’s Quitman Street Community School benefiting 160+ 3rd-5th grade students (eight weekly classes, 28 weeks, two student performances). SMAPA’s innovative curriculum led by skilled teaching artists features tap for 3rd grade and West African for 4th and 5th grades. The success of SMAPA’s program has resulted in Quitman’s recent hiring of a dance teacher to teach other grade levels (separate from this grant).

 

Thirteenth Avenue Courtyard Mural

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I Have A Dream Foundation – NJ Elizabeth Weisholtz
Thirteenth Avenue Courtyard Mural
West

Project Summary

I Have A Dream Foundation is painting a collaborative mural in the courtyard of Thirteenth Avenue School. This preK-8 school in the West Ward has a STEAM theme, and the courtyard is the site of the school’s new garden and “outdoor education center.” The mural will integrate the themes of the garden and STEAM education while reflecting the voices of the youth, as students across the school will participate in its design and painting.

 

To Be Or Not To Be: A Bootcamp For Young Artists

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Arts ETC Toni Thomas
To Be Or Not To Be: A Bootcamp For Young Artists
All 5 Wards

Project Summary

The Arts ETC project will have an online interactive workshop for high school students who want to have a career in the arts. The project is designed for students in Newark’s public and charter high schools who have a strong interest in the arts and want to pursue a career in such. The program would have presenters that would discuss topics such as writing an artist statement, building a resume, and starting a business.

 

Since 2001, the ArtStart Grant Program has been a catalyst for cultural activity in the local Newark arts community. The program offers mini-grants to community members, schools, non-profits and individual artists with the aim of nurturing a broad spectrum of arts and cultural activities involving young people and/or taking place in our neighborhoods. By seeding these innovative programs, Newark Arts continues to fulfill its mission of powering the arts in locations that are often overlooked by traditional programs, and stimulating economic and cultural activity on a hyper-local level.

 
A selection committee representing a broad spectrum of the community considers all proposals. Since its inception, Newark Arts has made over 200 grant awards ranging from $500 to $3,000, and totaling over $500,000!

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