Newark is for Artists mural by The Nork Project, photo by Chrystofer Davis.

The City of Newark Creative Catalyst Fund

Grant Funds Awarded

Artists and Arts Organizations Funded

The Creative Catalyst Fund (CCF) is designed to support long-term sustainability and assist Newark-based artists and small to mid-sized arts and cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19. The Fund is largely informed by the Newark Creates cultural plan. In collaboration with The City of Newark’s Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Department of Economic and Housing Development, and Newark Arts, the Fund will provide up to $750,000 in grants.


Akintola Hanif
Andrece Brady
Amanda Thackray
Ammar Thomas
Angel Pelaez
Antoinette Montague
Alfonse Pagano
Boshia Raejean
Braxton Cook
Briana Robinson
Broadway Blake
Cesar Melgar
Charisa Dowe Rouse
Chrystofer Davis
Celeste A. Bateman
Christen Clifford
Daryl Stewart
Davynte Pannell
Dominique Duroseau
Elijah Bell
Elijah Minton
Gabriel Ribeiro
Grace Lynne Haynes
Ira Kherki Kaifa
Jasmine Graf
Jennifer Moore
Jenny P Scott
Jo-El Lopez
J Read
Justin Dinspechin
Kay the Kreator
Kevin Blythe Sampson

Khari Johnson-Ricks
Kevin Darmanie
Kwesi o kwarteng
Layqa Nuna Yawar
LeRon Lee
Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno
Marshall Rountree
Mashell Black
Matt Gosser
Maurice Chestnut
Mia X
Nene Aïssatou Diallo
Nelise Nasheida
Nimi Hendrix
Noelle Lorraine Williams
Noelle Park
Pamela Booker
Pamela Council
Patricia Dahlman
Pia Wilson
Prince Derek Doll
Randy Haze
Samantha Katehis
Shane Fuller
Spencer Fro
Tamara Remedios
Terence Dwight Grimsley
The Loud Project
TreZure Empire
Ursula Phillips
Victor L. Davson
Virgil Dorjo
Willie Cole
Zunyda Watson

Akwaaba Gallery
Brazilian Cultural Center
Cement Gallery
Cazorla & Saleme
Gallery Retail
Newark Women in Film
Parkway North Productions
Pink Dragon Artist Syndicate
Off The Rock
The Artist Recreates the World
The Honk-Tweet
Vandalhaus Newark


Al-Munir LLC
All Stars Project of New Jersey
Artfront Galleries
Artistic Passion and Purpose
Barat Foundation
Butterfly Dreamz, Inc.
Clem’s Place
Cultural Integration and Arts Association
DreamPlay Media
Four Corners Public Arts
Gallery Aferro
Index Art Center
Ivy Hill Vailsburg Center for Arts Culture and
Community Activism
Keys 2 Success, Inc.
Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District

Newark Boys Chorus School
Newark Print Shop
Newark School of the Arts
Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc.
Newark Symphony Hall
New Arts Justice at Express Newark
Paul Robeson Galleries
Project for Empty Space
Shine Portrait Studio
School of the Garden State Ballet
Spirit Performing Arts Inc.
The HUBB Arts & Trauma Center
The New Jersey Historical Society
Uniao dos Clubes Luso Americanos of NJ


Below is a listing of additional resources mentioned during the session. 

If you are a self-employed artist, independent contractor or small business owner and unable to work as a result of COVID-19, you may also be eligible to receive unemployment or assistance for small businesses. Please see links below for more info. 

Please feel free to reach out to shakurf@ci.newark.nj.us if you have any additional questions about eligibility requirements or application questions for the Creative Catalyst Fund.

Please continue to practice social distancing and take good care of yourselves and loved ones. 

COVID-19 Relief Resources


June 22, 2020 – Mayor Baraka announces Creative Catalyst Fund Grants to artists and arts organizations impacted by COVID-19 – City of Newark

May 20, 2020 – A City Rethinks its Arts Grants Program in Light of the Coronavirus Pandemic – Grantmakers in the Arts

April 22, 2020 – How Newark Retooled Its Ambitious Arts Grant Program to Respond to COVID-19 – Next City

April 19, 2020 – Newark Artists Keep Working in the Face of Coronavirus Crisis – TAPinto NEWARK

April 2, 2020 – Newark Mayor Launches a Creative Catalyst Fund for the City’s Arts Community – ArtfixDaily

April 2, 2020 – Newark Mayor Launches Creative Catalyst Fund For Artists and Art Organizations Impacted By COVID-19 – New Jersey Stage

MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayor Baraka Launches Creative Catalyst Fund up to $750,000 for Artists and Arts Organizationa Impacted by Covid-19 Full Press Release ]

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