IF NOT FOR TOM
An Evening Celebration of the Arts
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Nico Kitchen + Bar @ NJPAC
1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
6 to 9 PM
Support the Newark Arts Council in celebrating The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, Former Governor of New Jersey, whose advocacy helped Newark to become a major hub for the arts. During his tenure, Governor Kean fought to increase the NJ State Council on the Arts’ annual budget. This enabled organizations like the Newark Arts Council and so many others to grow and thrive.
This year, we’re privileged to have Linda Bowden serving as our Dinner Chair. Ms. Bowden is the Regional President for New Jersey at PNC Bank.
Remarking on this event and the Newark Arts Council, Linda says, “PNC’s ties to Newark are longstanding, and we are thrilled to be a part of the city’s surging revitalization. PNC also has a history of supporting the arts in the city, the state of New Jersey and in every market we serve. I can think of no better way to enrich the community than by supporting the Newark Arts Council. They are an outstanding contributor to improved quality of life in one of the Garden State’s greatest cities.”
#IfNotForTom we would not be here to tell our story. Share your story as an artist or arts organization with us on Twitter @Newark_Arts.
2015 Honorary Committee
Marc E. Berson
Raymond G. Chambers
Anne Evans Estabrook
Ruth C. and A. Michael Lipper
Paula and Bill Marino
Mary Kay and John Strangfeld, Jr.
The Honorable Nina Mitchell Wells
Judy and Josh Weston
The Honorable Ras J. Baraka
Opening the door to the power of the Arts
Since 1981, the Newark Arts Council has assisted in the restoration of Newark and its surrounding communities through the transformative power of the arts. As cultural anchor in the community, it shares resources, initiates and leads advocacy efforts, assists in audience development and public awareness of arts and culture, and serves as a cultural resource for those who live in, work in, and visit Newark.
The Council’s mission is furthered by core programs; the ArtStart Grants program, which funds arts projects in areas of the city where access to the arts is limited or nonexistent; the Newark Arts Education Roundtable, which champions arts education for every child; and the Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival, which coordinates multiple exhibitions, performances, and spoken word activities and promotes them statewide as a means of solidifying Newark’s position as a major hub for arts and culture in New Jersey.
Here are some photos of from the celebration! Click here for a full album.