Ever wondered, “What exactly does the Newark Arts Council do?” Find out at our 2016 Annual Meeting and Reception!

by | May 27, 2016

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I love the Newark Arts Council! Now what exactly is it that they do again?” If so, our upcoming Annual Meeting and Reception is just the event for you.  The Prudential Center will host the affair on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

The meeting will orient attendees to the state of the arts in Newark and provide an overview of the Council’s ongoing impact in the city. On the heels of a historic gift of $1,000,000 from the Prudential Foundation, Executive Director Jeremy Johnson and Board President Sheila McKoy will present highlights of the past year and unveil exciting plans for the future.

The Prudential Center

The Prudential Center will host the Newark Arts Council’s Annual Meeting and Reception on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

The meeting will include the announcement of this year’s ArtStart grant winners. Did you know there was a 73% increase in ArtStart applications this year?  Attendees will also hear the latest news about Newark’s burgeoning arts scene from a line-up of community stakeholders.

  • Tony Gibbons of Crawford Street Developers will discuss new partnerships between developers and the arts community.
  • Evonne Davis of Gallery Aferro will describe Newark Arts Council’s signature arts festival, the Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival, coming in October.
  • Anthony McMillan of Newark Downtown District will report on the East Coast’s longest mural, recently completed on McCarter Highway.

“The arts play an integral role in Newark’s social, cultural and economic development, and the Arts Council depends on the input of informed advocates to succeed.  For this reason, the Board and executive team are excited to share the work of the past year, plans for the future, and all the ways in which we can help bring equitable and meaningful access to the arts to all,” reports Newark Arts Council President Sheila McKoy.

As the home to hundreds of artists, and even more arts organizations, cultural institutions and community-based foundations, Newark is a great city with a strong creative community. The success of the Newark Arts Council is contingent on each of these diverse voices having a seat at the table. So we encourage every artist, advocate, administrator, board member, creative professional and community leader to join us.

Oh, and did we mention there will be food? Light snacks and drinks will be provided. So do come out, meet new and old friends, and find out what’s happening at the Newark Arts Council’s Annual Meeting and Reception, Tuesday, June 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm.  The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required.  Space is limited.  Please RSVP by June 10 to

The Newark Arts Council is celebrating thirty-five years of advancing and expanding the artistic and cultural resources of the great city of Newark, New Jersey.