There is nothing more important than breathing life into the creative hearts, minds and souls of our young people. It is through the artist that we have been challenged to dream, problem solve, gain introspection and create change. The children are our planetary future. It is our duty to invest in them.

KIM HAWTHORNE

KIM HAWTHORNE

actor, entrepreneur, host

Kim Hawthorne is a native of Newark, New Jersey. When she was just 12 years old she began studying opera and went on to earn a classical music scholarship to Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. After graduating with honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre, she launched her professional theatre career at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia where she originated the role of “Minnie Dove Charles” in Pearl Cleage’s FLYIN’ WEST under the direction of, Tony Award winning director, Kenny Leon. She moved to New York where she made her Broadway debut performing the lead role of “Queen” in Cy Coleman and Ira Gasman’s musical THE LIFE directed by Michael Blakemore.

Ms. Hawthorne has over 20 years experience on the big screen and television. Her feature film roles include the popular THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK and ALONG CAME A SPIDER. She was a series regular on Louis C.K.’s first HBO show, LUCKIE LOUIE and she was nominated for Canada’s prestigious Leo Award for her role in DA VINCI’S INQUEST. She recurred on ABC Family’s SWITCHED AT BIRTH, and currently she portrays the indomitable, Kerissa Greenleaf on OWN’s hit tv series, GREENLEAF!

When she is not acting Ms. Hawthorne enjoys designing her ready-to-wear head wraps and spending time with her sons, Julian and Tobias. Kim is also a gifted singer with emphasis in gospel, r&b, and classical.

ELLEN LAMBERT

sculptor, honoree

SUNIL GARG

sculptor

I am an experimental and experiential artist. I make indoor and outdoor installations that are created to present themselves differently during Sunlight and after-Sun periods and that are sculpted from elements that are lighted themselves.

Light is generally unavailable to millions on Earth after dark. In my early life, I grew up without access to manufactured Light (or technology for that matter) in a farming community in India. We lived with the natural light we had – somewhat supplemented with oil lamps. I strive to create work that interrogates those early experiences and that is at the edge of familiarity and experience; and to simulate going from unaware to aware states. I am interested in providing stimulus and context to experiences, and human and natural world concepts and reality, often by combining simple, even primitive, natural objects and such, with technology. Light is a natural and democratic medium that lets me do this, and metaphors linking Light to knowledge, awareness, thought, ideas, are abundant: “enlightenment”, “bright ideas”, “flashes of genius” or of “insight”. In Hindu scriptures darkness is seen as avidya, lack of knowledge both spiritual and intellectual, that a guru can dispel: ‘gu’ meaning darkness, and ‘ru’ meaning dispeller. Light is the quintessential “guru”!

BIO

As a multi-disciplined visual fine artist, arts educator, activist and self-driven historian, Jerry Gant seeks to create work which reflects the human spirit of the community’s people, while challenging conventional thinking. A native of Newark, New Jersey, he has been a fixture on the national arts and culture scene for more than 25 years.
Jerry’s long list of accomplishments span the literary, performing and visual arts boasting numerous solo projects and group exhibitions, as well as outstanding critical reviews and awards. Jerry Gant is proud to be the only contemporary artist with multiple public sculpture works installed throughout his beloved hometown.

JERRY GANT

sculptor

BIO

Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, Robert is a multidisciplinary artist who graduated from New Jersey City University with a BFA in sculpture. The local landscape inspires and fuels his art practice – from the state’s post-industrial north to the beauty of its southern wildlife areas and beaches. Found objects, recycled materials, and gathered detritus from various environments are muse for sculpture, photography, installation, and public art projects. Public art projects have included the Artlantic sculpture park in Atlantic City and The Gateway Project in Newark, NJ. The artist has participated in residencies at Elsewhere in Greenboro, NC, ESKFF at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ, Solo(s) Project House in Newark, and I-Park in CT.

ROBERT LACH

sculptor

ADRIENNE WHEELER

sculptor

ARMISEY SMITH

curator

BIO

A professional Visual and Performance Artist, and Art Teacher, Kween Moore serves the community thru arts programming and culture with a healing component. She also serves her community thru public arts workshops for children and adults.
An ‘artsypreneur’, a moniker she created for her work and drive has produced projects with some major organizations and programs in New Jersey and surrounding areas. Some of these partnerships include New Arts Council, Newark Public School Summer Plus Program, EvoluCulture, Newark Open Doors 2015-17, Lincoln Park Music Festival and NJPAC Lobby Project (Slut the Play) and many more.

KWEEN MOORE

artist

BIO

Danielle Scott grew up in Jersey City, NJ. She attended and graduated from Newark’s Arts High School in 1997 where she received the “Congressional Art’s Award” and her first oil painting was placed in The Capital of the United States for a year. Danielle has taught Art at the Academy of the Art’s at Henry Snyder High school in Jersey City for 15 years.
Danielle’s work explores strong elements conveying the intense beauty and pain the artist sees in the world around her. The work invites the viewer on a journey to explore a world that lies far from the hustle of everyday life and taps into the relationship between politics, social justice, equality, human and women’s rights, police brutality, culture and being Bi-racial.

DANIELLE SCOTT

artist

CHANIA MCDONALD

JUANITA ABOAGYE

KRYSTAL WILLIAMS

LIYEIRA CALCANO

NEA STEELE

SHANIA MOSQUERA

TIFFANY KADIMA

FREDDIE URGILES

TYLER SARMIENTO

ADELIA FRANCIS

BRANDON ODOM

LEILANI ROSARIO

CHRISSLIN LEWIS

FARZANA BIBI

LESLIE ODONKOR

ALL STARS PROJECT OF NEW JERSEY

NAI NI CHEN
DANCE COMPANY

photo by Corey Melton

SIENNA CHANEL

DJ

VONDA MCPHERSON

Caterer