Newark Arts Council Funds 11 New ArtStart Grants to Expand Offerings to Newark Residents
2015 Annual Meeting also features the election of officers and new members
Linwood J. Oglesby, Executive Director
NEWARK, NJ – At its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 9 at Hotel Indigo in Newark, the Newark Arts Council announced awards to 11 new ArtStart Grants recipients to further arts programming in the wards throughout the city. In its fifteenth year, the ArtStart Grants Program supports an array of arts programming, including festivals, printmaking, film and video, new media, dance, and glassblowing. Many of this year’s programs engage Newark youth, both downtown and in far-reaching neighborhoods of the city. A complete list is attached. Since its inception in 2001, the Newark Arts Council has provided assistance to over 150 programs totaling nearly $500,000 for programs run by individual artists, community based organizations, and arts organizations across the Greater Newark Metropolitan area. Samer Hanini, principal with the Hanini Group, developers of Hotel Indigo – hosted the Council’s Annual Meeting, in the newly redeveloped boutique hotel on Broad Street in downtown Newark that has quickly become one of Newark’s hot, new meeting and hotel locations.
Also, at the Annual Meeting, the Newark Arts Council elected the following officers: Sheila McKoy, President; Lisa Love, Esq., Vice President; Jeremy V. Johnson, 2nd Vice President; Carolyn Simon, Treasurer; Lyneir Richardson, Asst. Treasurer; and Mary Dowd, Secretary. Newly elected to the board are: Peter T. Englot, Chief of Staff, Rutgers University – Newark; W. Stan Holland, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College; Donna Walker-Kuhne, Vice President, Community Engagement, NJPAC; and, Victor Nichols, Publisher & CEO, Newark Bound Magazine.
Funded ArtStart Grants include:
Applicant: Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (Montclair, NJ)
Project: 2015-16 SMAPA Dance Residency Program at Quitman St. Community School
Description: 32 week in-school residency partnership (K-1st, seven Creative Movement classes each week; 2nd-3rd, six rhythm Tap classes each week; 4th/5th, five cultural dance classes each week; 6th-8th, one preparatory elective class each week.
Project: FACES OF NEWARK AT 350
Description: GlassRoots will use ArtStart funding to create a moveable glass mosaic representing faces of Newark at its 350th anniversary, to facilitate the connection of the residents and members of the Newark community with this historic event. The project anticipates creating between 350-500 mosaic tiles by its end. The project will also be replicated virtually, with an online mosaic-expanding our reach.
Applicant: Collaborative Audio Lab and Spence Frohwirth (Newark, NJ)
Project: Newark In Tune
Description: In partnership with Gallery Aferro, Collaborate Audio Lab’s (CAL) project Newark in Tune will work to mobilize Newark’s rich diversity of arts institutions, musicians, and talented youth towards a common goal. Spencer Frohwirth, a resident educator, musician, audio engineer, and founding member of CAL will direct the creation of a city-wide anthem that will represent our urban experience and combined hopes for the future of this wonderful city.
Applicant: Institute of Music for Children
Project: Mobile Multi-media Lab at BRICK Academies
Description: In 2015-16, the Mobile Media Lab will travel to 2 schools in Newark. In each, 2 classes of 25 at-risk teens (ages 12-19) will meet with 2 Master Teaching Artists for 12 1-hour sessions over the course of 3 months. Each site will choose to study Digital Video or Electronic Music Production (or at times, both). Combined, these in-school residencies will bring teens over 360 direct hours of arts technology time and connect them to industry professionals and opportunities.
Applicant: Newark Print Shop (Newark, NJ)
Project: Paper In the Alley
Description: The Newark Print Shop will host Paper in the Alley with artists Anne McKeown and Lisa Conrad as project facilitators. This project is a free workshop offered to the public to learn the fine art of papermaking from processing raw fiber to pulling sheets of beautiful handmade paper. The project will occur over a two day period, open and accessible to the general public, on Friday, July 17th and Saturday, July 18th.
Applicant: Bridges Outreach, Inc.
Description: Bridges will give digital cameras to people in Newark who are homeless so that they can express their world through photography and so that others may see their city as they see it. This project will give voice to homeless people in Newark where the largest population of street homeless in Essex County live. Homeless photographers will have the opportunity to work with Akintola Hanif, a Newark-based photographer and professor of photography at Rutgers University – Newark. The six-month project will culminate in a studio exhibit in Newark with approximately 30 photographs.
Applicant: Artfront Galleries
Project: 30 Day “Pop-Up Galleries”
Description: Creating 2 pop-up galleries in the Lower Broadway Neighborhood of Newark is the goal of this project. These galleries will pre-set a range of visual arts as well as spoken word performances of local Newark poets. In addition to providing access to art for Newark residents with limited opportunity, these galleries will bring traffic to neglected blocks thus benefiting both local residents and small businesses and offer opportunities for high school volunteers to learn the business of art.
Applicant: Newark Mommies / Tamara Remedios
Project: Building on Books
Description: “Building on Books” is a newly designed arts program that turns popular children’s literature into inspired art activities specifically designed for children aged five and under. Created by the founders of Newark Mommies, “Building on Books” will be a regularly scheduled series that emphasizes early literacy sensory exploration, skills development and creativity. Rotating through the branches of the Newark Public Library, mommies and their young children will explore creative art projects that include paint, drawings, collages, crafts, and more.
Funding for ArtStart Grants is provided by a grant from the Prudential Foundation. A complete list of funded projects is attached.