Category Archives: Newark Murals

First Street near Central!


NJCRI, 393 Central Avenue
Newark Murals / Newark Public Art Program
Artists: Sue Daly and Kerry Dennehy
Community Partner: North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI)
Arts Administrator: City Without Walls & Barat Foundation

NJCRI4Created with an organization dedicated to empowering  clients by reducing social and health disparities in the greater Newark area, Steps depicts stories of clients and staff on the exterior of their building. The North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI) is one of New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive HIV/AIDS community-based organization, and hosts programs including Project WOW, a drop-in center for LGBTQ youth. This mural helps tell their story to their city, and the city’s story to itself. This is Newark.


Artists Kerry Dennehy and Sue Daly, Art Administrators Chandri & Gary Barat of the Barat Foundation, and Newark Public Art Program Director Damon Rich worked with NJCRI stakeholders to identify stories and people as source material for the mural. The artist team, Rodney Gilbert, Pat Huizing, and Jackie Cruz of City Without Walls, and Newark Public Art Program Manager Perris Straughter brought the project to realization.

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Jesse Allen Park!


Getcha Mind Right
Jesse Allen Park, 66 Muhmmad Ali Avenue
Newark Murals / Newark Public Art Program
Artists: James Wilson, Malik Hardaway-Whitaker, and youth team
Community Partner: Friends of Jesse Allen Park
Arts Administrator: City Without Walls


A portion of the mural commemorates the great rent strike at the Stella Wright Houses between 1970 and 1974, when over 2000 people refused to pay rent in protest of their housing conditions.


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Above left: Artist James Wilson with Central Councilman Darrin Sharif, in front of a scene of former Central Ward Councilman Jesse Allen, for whom the park is named. Above right: Youth team receive certificates of accomplishment.

Academy Street & University Ave!


It’s Just a Little Rain
77 Academy Street
Newark Murals / Newark Public Art Program
Artists: Ibrahim Ahmed III, Steve Green, and young people of Academy Street Firehouse Youth Program
Community Partner: St. Clare’s Social Service
Arts Administrator: City Without Walls

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Newark Murals Tour

On October 8, Newark Public Art Program Director Damon Rich, Senior Program Advisor Rodney Gilbert, artists Gladys Barker Grauer and Melanie Stokes, and a dozen guests visited several recently completed and in-progress Newark Murals projects.MuralTour6

Almost done!

A Tribute to Newark Jazz Clubs
398 Hawthorne Avenue
Newark Murals / Newark Public Art Program
Artists: Gladys Grauer with Melanie Stokes
Community Partner: Early Childhood Development and Community Center
Art Administrator: City Without Walls

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Save the date: Saturday, October 6 Newark Murals Tour

See the colors and patterns of Newark’s neighborhoods captured in public artworks throughout the city.

Newark Mural Tour
Saturday, October 6, 1-4 pm
Meet at City Without Walls, 6 Crawford Street
Tickets: $5

2012 Newark Murals Call for Walls

The Newark Public Art Program has issued the annual Newark Murals Call for Walls, soliciting ideas from Newark businesses, organizations, and residents for large, prominent, outdoor walls as sites for permanent public murals. Deadline: June 1. Download submission information here.

Newark Public Art Program recognized by Booker Administration & Municipal Council

The Booker Administration and the Newark Municipal Council have declared the Newark Public Art Program among their top 50 accomplishments of the last five years!