Wednesday, June 24, 2015


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.


Applicant: GlassRoots

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.

Project: Perspectives

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.


PRESS RELEASE May 6, 2015: NAER granted NEA Collective Impact Grant

DATE:  May 6, 2015

CONTACT: Sanaz Hojreh (973) 643-1625 office; (973) 768-7540

Newark Arts Education Roundtable to Receive Coveted National Endowment for the Arts Collective Impact Grant Award is Among Only Eight Made Nationally

Newark, NJ—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced its second round of funding for fiscal year 2015; 1,023 recommended grants totaling $74.3 million were awarded to arts organizations in all 50 states and five jurisdictions. Among those awards are only eight collective impact arts education grants, including a $50,000 grant to the Newark Arts Council for the Newark Arts Education Roundtable (NAER). The NAER initiative deepens the work of 50+ arts organizations, artists and arts funders, public schools and a growing list of community-based organizations dedicated to ensuring that the young people of this diverse and changing city have access to sustained quality arts experiences.

Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the NEA promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

Collective impact is a systemic approach to achieving project success that includes cross-sector partnerships; shared goals, strategies, and measurements; an emphasis on data collection; and constant communication. The NEA recently adopted collective impact as a distinct project type available for funding at larger grant amounts.

Beyond the NEA’s application review criteria of artistic excellence and artistic merit, collective impact projects require a significant degree of commitment among diverse participants to work together. Project partners must break through the silos that traditionally separate professions to reach mutual goals that benefit a community.

“The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu.  “Funding these new projects, like the one from the Newark Arts Education Roundtable, represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”

NEA Director of Arts Education Ayanna Hudson said, “These projects, like the one led by the Newark Arts Education Roundtable, are changing the possibilities for arts education by moving from many and isolated conversations about specific programs to a shared conversation about how to fundamentally transform an entire school district or an entire community by ensuring all students have access to an arts education.”

“This grant will provide the foundation for the development of a creative Newark,” said Alysia Souder, NAER Leadership Council Chair. “We are delighted to continue to collaborate with artists, arts organizations, schools and community-based organizations to develop a creative collaborative culture and bring quality arts education and experiences to all children of Newark children. This grant would not have been possible without the support and fiscal sponsorship of the Newark Arts Council.”

Linwood Oglesby, Executive Director of the Newark Arts Council, said “The award by the NEA is an important acknowledgement of the work that has been done over the past five years by the NAER to put Newark at the forefront of national efforts recognizing the value of arts education as a component of a child’s development both in-and out-of school.

The NAER initiative builds the arts community’s collective capacity through a series of workshops, inter-visitations and data collection, focusing on: 1) data analysis and review of young people’s access to arts education services in Newark, 2) developing common language around evaluation, and 3) including new voices in conversations about the importance of systemic approaches to providing arts education in Newark.

The NAER is made possible in part by the generous support of the Prudential Foundation, Victoria Foundation and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.  NAER members include: Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc.; Anne Englot; Anne Jacobson; Barat Foundation; Caitlin Evans Jones; Central NJ Social Services; City of Newark Division of Arts Cultural Development & Tourism; Clement Price Institute on Culture, Ethnicity, and the Modern Experience; cWOW; Donna Holmes; Educational Arts Team; Geraldine O’Sullivan; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; GlassRoots; The Harlem Chamber Players, Inc.; Institute of Music for Children; Jazz House Kids; Jeanette Taylor; Jeff Billingsley; Jeremy V. Johnson; Karen Thomas; Kathryn Peterson; Lincoln Center Education; Margaret El; Middlesex County Vo-Tech School; Montclair Art Museum; Music Ascension; New Jersey Arts Education Partnership; New Jersey Charter Schools Association; New Jersey Performing Arts Center; New Jersey State Council on the Arts; New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Newark Arts Council; Newark Museum; Newark Public Schools; Newark School of the Arts; Paper Mill Playhouse; People’s Preparatory Charter School; Playwrights Theatre; Prudential Foundation; Pushcart Players; Rutgers University Department of Arts, Culture, and Media; Rutgers University Paul Robeson Galleries; Schools that Can – Newark; Sharron Miller Dance Studios; University Heights Charter School; Victoria Foundation; WBGO; and Yendor Productions.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring2015. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to