NEWARK MURALS is an initiative of the Newark Planning Office and the Newark Urban Enterprise Zone to create works of art and design that manifest the spirit and pride of Newark in its public spaces. It aims to bring public art and design into each of Newark’s neighborhoods, cultivating civic and community pride, bringing unexpected visual pleasure to the urban landscape, engaging residents and other stakeholders, and connecting Newark’s young people to community-based artists. To learn more, visit www.thisisnewark.wordpress.com.
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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council
Planning Director & Chief Urban Designer Damon Rich (Program Director)
Supervising Planner Perris Straughter (Program Manager)
Lead Arts Administrator: Yendor Arts, Rodney Gilbert, Founder
Since Summer 2009, the Newark Public Art Program/Newark Murals has partnered with nonprofit organizations to create large-scale public murals with professional artists, youth, and community-based groups across the City of Newark. Currently, the Newark Public Art Program works with Arts Administrator Yendor Arts, and previous Arts Administrators have included City Without Walls and Groundswell Community Mural Project.
Newark Murals is first and foremost committed to completing projects that advance the neighborhood improvement agendas of community-based organizations.
Participating artists (to date): Manuel Acevedo, Ibrahim Ahmed III, Joel Bergner, Susan Daly, Kevin Darmanie, Kerry Dennehy, Yasmin de Jesus, Dasic Fernandez, Spencer Frohwirth, Jerry Gant, Glassroots (Kate Dowd and James Blake), Matt Gosser, Gladys Barker Grauer, Steve Green, Malik Hardaway-Whitaker, Clare Herron, Eder Muniz, Kevin Blythe Sampson, Nicole Schulman, Candice Sering, Melanie Stokes, Edwin Vazquez, and James Wilson.
THIS IS NEWARK Call for Ideas (2009)
In 2009, the Newark Public Art Program issued a call for ideas for marking the points of arrival to the Metropolis of New Jersey, the results of which were exhibited at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art.
Featured designers and artists: Ade Tugbiyele Sedita, Agrest and Gandelsonas Architects, All of the Above, Andrew Maishman, Anker West and Ada Caro, Brian McGrath and Victoria Marshall, C+C Architecture with Charlee Swanson and Kati Vilim, Christian Prasch, Inbar Kishoni, Nicholas Giuliano, Eliot Maltby, Damon Rich, Dana Koenitzer, Lisa Smith, Troy Therrien, Sarah Williams, Gladys Grauer / Black Woman in Visual Perspective, Glenn Smith Studio, G Tects, HTDSTUDIO DESIGNOFFICE, Interboro, John Kudos, Preeti Sodhi, Mabel Wilson, Ken Smith Landscape Architect, Marielly Casanova, Jake Dorler, KJ Kim, Ashley Villapaz, and Claire Weisz, Matt Gosser, Michael Sorkin Studio / Terreform, M|RUIZ design, Newwork and City Without Walls, Otis Berkin, Natalia Roumelioti, Erin Shaefer, David Smiley, Manuel Miranda, Pentagram Architects, Peter Cocoziello, Chris Gee, Jacob Gerson, and Ala Rustom, pod design + media, Rickenbacker + Leung, SCAPE & MTWTF, SL Prevost Design, Tritonic, WXY architecture + urban design
Project Team: Damon Rich, Project Director; Glen Cummings, MTWTF: Exhibition Front Matter Graphic Designer; Janette Kim, Urban Landscape Lab: Exhibition Front Matter Co-Editor; Grace Bogdan, Exhibition Coordinator
Thank you: Victor Davson and Edwin Ramoran, Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Clement Price and Mark Krasovic, Rutgers University Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Urban Landscape Lab, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Linwood J. Oglesby, Newark Arts Council