The sold out Newark Arts Honors Gala raised the bar!

by | Apr 19, 2017

Pictured: Honoree Nell Painter and Victor Davson. Photo by Norman DeShong.

Newark, NJ – April 11, 2017 – With the goal of celebrating the transformative power of the arts and rec- ognizing the significant creative endeavors of four honorees, Newark Arts’ annual fundraising gala on March 29, 2017 surpassed all expectations for fundraising, networking and festivity. Hosted at the beau- tiful Avenue A Club in the Ironbound section of Newark, the sold out crowd of close to 400 guests en- joyed farm-to-table food, craft cocktails, live music and curated art.

Photo by Norman DeShong. Courtesy of Newark Arts.

During the event, which was hosted by “Empire” actor and arts activist Tobias Truvillion, Medals for the Arts were conferred to honorees, Willie Cole, Paquito D’Rivera, Richard Meier and Nell Painter.

Pictured: Vivian Lee (accepting on behalf of Honoree Richard Meier) and Co-Chair Ron Beit. Photo by Norman DeShong.

“The Newark Arts Honors Gala was a bona fide success!” said Jeremy Johnson, Executive Director of Newark Arts. “Not only did we meet our fundraising goal and enjoy a lively capacity crowd, but we demonstrated that there is genuine support for and an understanding of the value of arts and culture to this city and the nation at large.”

Pictured: Margaret El and Honoree Willie Cole. Photo by Norman DeShong.

“We are always delighted to serve as the host venue for great events with a great cause,” said Paulo Ma- tos, Owner, The Avenue A Club. “The Newark Arts Honors Gala was definitely one of those events that attendees will be talking about for many years to come.”

Pictured: Amy Niles and Honoree Paquito D’Rivera. Photo by Norman DeShong.

During the gala program, Newark Arts debuted an exciting three minute video featuring tap legend Savion Glover, Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor and many more. Check out “Newark Arts Makes an Impact!” on Youtube at or by visiting

Pictured: Dupre “Doitall” Kelly, Tobias Truvillion, Michele Morgan-Truvillion, Jerry Gant and Chike Uzoka. Photo by Norman DeShong.