POWERING THE ARTS
We power the arts to change lives in our community of Newark.
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Years powering the arts
Years of art festivals
Clements Place Jazz
Cryout Cave: Poetry.Art.Music
Fairmount Art Wall
Four Corners Public Arts
HCAD Gallery at NJIT
Index Art Center
Ironbound Film & Television Studios
Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Newark Artists Database
Newark Print Shop
Newark Public Library
Newark School of the Arts
Newark Symphony Hall
Paul Robeson Galleries
Prospect Firestation Gallery
RyArMo Photography Studio
The Dietze Building
The Jewish Museum of NJ
The Newark Allery
The Newark Museum Of Art
The People’s Gallery at City Hall
The Pocket Gallery
WBGO Art Gallery
The City of Newark
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Bank of America
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Crawford Street Partners
The MCJ Amelior Foundation
LM Development Partners
NJ Arts and Culture Renewal Fund
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
McCarter & English
Hyde and Watson Foundation
MT Weiner Foundation
Newark Arts’ Mission:
Powering the arts to transform lives
Established in 1981, Newark Arts was created to advance and expand the resources and offerings of arts and cultural organizations in the great city of Newark, New Jersey.
Newark Arts provides leadership, direction, and technical assistance through partnerships with Newark’s many artists, arts administrators, community organizations, community development corporations, planning groups, economic development agencies, and government agencies as well as the general public.
Newark Arts’ goal is to share resources, develop collaborations and cross-functional opportunities, promote advocacy efforts, assist in audience development and public awareness of arts and culture, and serve as a cultural resource to the community.
Newark Arts serves as the anchor and umbrella for the arts community providing programs, services, advocacy and outreach that supports over 60 arts organizations throughout the city. Representing many, but telling one story, Newark Arts exists to improve the quality of life for Newark artists, arts organizations, and residents through sustainable initiatives that provide living wage jobs, improve education leading to greater levels of college readiness, increase the tax base, and create greater civic engagement.
Over the Years
- NAC Founded – Key founders include Elizabeth “Liz”Del Tufo and Professor Judith “Judy” Brodsky
“I was Director of the Essex County Division of Cultural Affairs (ECDCA). Essex County, with Newark as the largest city, needed a strong cultural presence. There was a need in Newark for an organization to represent artists. Judy Brodsky [who] was Assistant to the Provost at Rutgers, was very supportive and felt the organization should be more formalized and pointed to me to do the organizing.”
– Elizabeth (Liz) Del Tufo
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- 1st Strategic Plan
- Jim Dixon serves as 1st P.T. Director
- SW 0654 – Celeste Bateman serves as 2nd P.T. Director
“Some of the programs that Newark Arts Council was involved in were the Salon Series. We went to different venues and featured different artists throughout the city in multidisciplinary events. One of my favorites was the Bonjornos (Mary Lou and Jerome/filmmakers) at The Priory (New Community Corporation/NCC). They really excited by interest in that art form. Another Series featured visual artist Manuel Ascevedo. Galleries were prominent settings for many of the Salons.”
– Celeste Bateman, Interim Director for 18 months between 1997 and 1999
- Oglesby 1st F.T. Executive Director
The early 2000s
- NAC headquarters moved from Newark Boys Chorus School to 17 Academy Street
- NAC completes Strategic Plan with American for the Arts
- First Arts and Economic Impact Study shows how arts support Newark’s economic growth
- First Open Doors Studio and Available Space Tour
- ArtStart Grants Program initiated – Grants to Newark arts organizations
- NAC hosts Conference on Artist Housing featuring ArtSpace, Inc, a national leader in developing artists housing
- NAC sponsors citywide Conference on Public Art featuring arts leaders from around the country
- NAC website developed
- NAC sponsors Summer Arts Program with City of Newark
- NAC Commissions Artists Related Housing Needs in Newark, a study of Newark’s artists housing needs by The Actor’s Fund of America, which led to a greater understanding of the potential costs/benefits of artists housing to the City of Newark and beyond. Study became lynchpin for developers considering how and where housing for artists might be developed in Newark.
- ODST 2004 features “Mix In the Bricks” in raw industrial space at 744 Broad Street.
- Arts & City Awards Fundraiser initiated to recognize artists / supporters, contributors and to raise funds for arts programming. Art & the City recognized artists and key arts leaders and featured a competition and auction featuring tabletop sized sculptures by artists.
- Arts Education Roundtable created with support from Victoria Foundation (leads to NAER)
- NAC advocates for implementation of City of Newark’s Percent for Arts initiative leading to set-aside of 1% new construction budget for public art. Mayor Sharpe James appoints NAC ED L. Oglesby 1st Chair to kickstarts Public Arts / Murals Program.
- 4th ODST – Internationally celebrated sculptor and Newark native Chakaia Booker served as curator and juror. Artists from Newark and the surrounding metropolitan area were included in the juried exhibition curated by Ms. Booker.
- NYTimes review of Open Doors exhibition, “Newark Between Us” by Rupert Ravens; best in NJ in many years in 30,000 sq. ft on 6th Floor t 744 Broad Street; Exhibition listed by Star Ledger as among Top Ten in New Jersey for 2006.
- Arts Economic Prosperity III released in conjunction with Americans for the Arts
- Open Doors Studio Tour Red Badge of Courage Revisited curated by internationally recognized curator, Omar Lopez Chahoud at 744 Broad Street; Star-Ledger again recognizes exhibitions as one of New Jersey’s Top Ten Exhibitions.
- Gladys Barker Grauer receives 1st NAC Arts Award at reception hosted by Mayor Cory Booker
- Leadership Newark honors NAC for Civic Leadership – “Outstanding Community Partner”
- NAC holds Artist Development Forums at Aljira
- ODST 2009
- ODST features Newark filmmakers, Marylou and Jerome Bonjiorno at the Newark Museum screening their award-winning new film, Newark in 3-D. Bonjiornos received early ArtStart Grant to support their filmmaking.
- Newark selected by G.R. Dodge Foundation to host 2010 International Poetry Festival; coincides with 2010 Open Doors Studio Tour
- Arts & Economic Activity IV details 358 jobs; $95 million in household income; $11 million in tax revenue in the City of Newark generated by arts activity.
- Quarter Mile Print Project by Stephen McKenzie accepted into Guinness Book of Records.
- NAER receives 1st National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant
- Artists Development Workshops: technical analysis portfolio review, meet w/curators.
- NAER hosts major Conference on Arts Education with keynote by NEA Arts Education, Director Ayanna Hudson
- NAER Receives 2nd National Endowment for the Arts Grant
NAF2020 Façade as Canvas @ Newark Arts Festival – Then Newark Arts Executive Director, Jeremy Johnson
The recent years
- “If Not for Tom” Gala and fundraiser honors former NJ Governor Tom Kean for his contributions to NJ Arts and aises historic funds to support the arts.
- Oglesby retires as Executor after 17 years; J. Johnson hired after national search
- GlassRoot honors L. Oglesby for Arts leadership
NAC affected Newark positively. It was the only organization involved in advocacy in Newark and the County. NAC has had significant positive growth since its inception to its first paid staff, to Linwood Oglesby as its first full-time Executive Director; to its current director, Jeremy Johnson.
NAC, even with its limited resources, had significant impact mobilizing artists; (NAC) looked at the City to see how the arts could strengthen the City. Even early on it had significant impact.
– Philip Thomas, Newark Arts Board President in 1991 and board member for 3 years.
- “If Not for Clement” honors Dr. Clement” for his outstanding contributions to the arts & humanities and for his outstanding leadership to the City of Newark, the state, and the nation.
- NAC initiates Cultural Plan for Newark
- NAC rebranded as Newark Arts
Per (Mayor) Kenneth Gibson’s earlier assessment of urban issues that wherever the country was headed, Newark would get there first, Newark was ahead of the curve in amplifying the voices of the people of Newark and the talents they represent. At the same time Newark Arts was advancing a strategic plan for the organization that would allow it to express its role with more intentionality in the community.
– Peter Englot
Artists now have a much clearer path to sustainability. Artists can now see a stronger pathway to making a living Newark Arts has played a great role by supporting professional development for artists.
- Prudential makes $1,000,000 investment to Newark Arts
- Newark Arts get national press mention in historic Vogue.com tourism spotlight, Meet Me in Newark? Why New York City’s Neighbor Is Worth a Visit
- Newark Makes the List of the Top 10 Most Vibrant Arts Communities in America
- Newark’s Arts and Culture Industry Generates $178.3 million in Annual Economic Activity, per Americans for the Arts
- Dr. Ntozake Shange and Danny Simmons highlighted at OD Citywide Arts Festival
- Open Doors Studio Tour is rebranded to Newark Arts Festival, celebrates 10,000 Visitors And A Breakout Year
- Whoopi Goldberg attends FEM’N’3D exhibit at Newark Arts Festival Celebrating Women’s Empowerment
- NAC unveils Newark Creates “A Community Cultural Plan” with stakeholders
- Art Source Launched
- Hennessy Debuts Limited Edition Art Bottle at Culture Collective Dinner with Newark Arts Festival
- Newark Arts Festival named Favorite Visual Arts Festival in the JerseyArts’ People’s Choice Awards for the first time
- First phase of Four Corners Public Arts launches, a public-private partnership between real estate developer RBH Group and real estate investment firm Paramount Assets, the City of Newark, Newark Downtown District (NDD) and Newark Arts.
- Newark Arts Awards a historic $100,000 In Grants To ‘Spark Economic Growth’
- Newark Arts Announces Ten-Member Artist Advisory Council
- NA holds Virtual Newark Arts Festival in conjunction with Newark Museum
- Gov Murphy acknowledges NA importance in arts community in statewide address
- Newark’s First Citywide Cultural Plan, Newark Creates, Debuts
- Newark Arts facilitates Creative Catalyst Fund grants by the City of Newark up to $750,000 for Artists and Arts Organizations Impacted by Covid-19
- Newark Arts, City, artists come together to paint ‘All Black Lives Matter’ on N.J. street
- Newark Arts turns 40
- Launches Mural Map with Canvs
- NAC Executive Director, Jeremy Johnson, featured in Americans for the Arts Member Spotlight
- Newark Arts to Provide Emergency Grants for Artists Affected by COVID-19
- Newark Arts Celebrates Its 20th Annual Arts Festival With Historic Twitter-Inspired Dionne Warwick Exhibit
- Local Artists, NHL Superstar P.K. Subban Team Up to Unveil New Mural at Ironbound Ice Rink
Over the Years
Onome N. Adejemilua,-Esq.
Khalif Ra Al-Hadi
Susan G. Austin
Gladys Barker Grauer
David B. Berkowitz
David R. Berkowitz
Dr. Alex Boyd
Jeanette F. Brummell
Eleta J. Caldwell
Lisa V. Chow, Esq.
Arthur J. Cifelli
Anthony G. Clark
Dr. Paulette Coleman
Samuel M. Convissor
Lauren M. Craig, Esq.
Jennifer C. Critchley
Frank J. D’Astolfo
Elizabeth Del Tufo
Priscilla DeLeeuw Barrowcllough
Marcy S. DePina
Nancy E. Diamond
Mary W. Dowd
Peter T. Englot
Tarin M. Fuller
Lawrence P. Goldman
Pamela E. Goldstein
LaJean E. Gray
Wilma J. Grey
Patricia Hall Curvin
Joyce Wilson Harley
Dale E. Harris
Christopher M. Hartwyck, Esq
Sherry B. Hawn
W. Stan Holland
Michael M. Horn, Esq.
Pamela Irvin Fields
Ronald H. Janis
Marvin Kazembe Jefferson
Jeremy V. Johnson
Mary Louise Johnson
Phillip G. Jones
Marshell Jones Kumahor
Dupre “Doitall” Kelly
David A. Lederman
Ollyn J. Lettman
Clarence C. Lilley
Bruce L. Lloyd
Lisa D. Love, Esq.
Thomas L. Lussenhop
Steven Mairella, Esq.
William D. Manna
Cynthia T. McCoy
Sheila D. McKoy
William R. Mikesell
Dr. Julia A. Miller
Ryan A. Monroe
Mary P. O’Malley
Ronald Maurice Ollie
Kathleen W. Rae
Kiyana N. Richardson
Roy E. Rogers
Kitab I. Rollins
Miriam A. Santiago
Melissa A. Smith
Victoria J. Snoy
Yvette C. Sterling, Esq.
Mary Sue Sweeney Price
Lawrence J. Tamburri
Arthur W. Thomas
Linda A. H. Walker
Joseph W. Walsh
Franotie A. Washington
Stanley M. Weeks
Scott A. Weiner
Valerie V. Wilson