Newark Creates A Vibrant Art City

In yesterday’s blogpost, I mentioned that Mayor Baraka was scheduled to make an announcement of Newark’s Cultural Plan known as Newark Creates under the Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) in City Hall. And he did to a packed room.

Continuing with the introduction of Newark Arts staff, please allow me to introduce to you Susan Schear, Deputy Director.

Schear explained to me as a Deputy Director she “wears many hats” but this post will be about Newark Creates. Many meetings were held throughout Newark, where the staff listened and collected community input on what they want for their city. She says, “we focused tremendously on the neighborhoods” as every neighborhood in Newark has different wants and needs. These conversations engaged the community to “design neighborhood community conversations to gather insight on access (needs, barriers, goals, visions) to arts and culture for stakeholder groups.”

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Newark Summer Fun In The City Ends This Week

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This may be the last week of Newark’s Summer Fun In The City, but it’s ending with events you do not want to miss.

I recently had an opportunity to meet and interview, Trevor Phillips, Senior Manager for The Mayor’s Office of Special Projects. In addition to that role, he also serves as the Manager of the Centers of Hope located in the city of Newark.

Phillips says, “Im a firm believer in bringing top-notch performers and entertainment. There’s no need to go to New York.”  (Blogger Note If you are regular follower of mine, you will see that I am at many events here in Newark because everything I find of interest is found here.)

Today (August 28th) Amma Whatt and Beat Haven will be performing at the Clinton Avenue Community Sound Stage at Clinton and Peshine Avenues to conclude the            Our Neck Of the Woods series for the summer.

The first was an Open Mic Night hosted by Kween Moore that featured some of Newark’s greatest talent. Performers included performers JimmySoDope, Spoken Word Artists UninvitedMaine and Sean Battle, 16 year old singer Leah Jenea and poet 11 year old Sarae Belton.

The second week featured one of Newark’s most famous Hoofers, Maurice Chestnut, singer Elijah Brand and a brother and sister duo The Ubuntu Theory, who through their music spread positive, empathetic, and responsive messages.

On Tuesday August 29th, Summer Movies in The Park concludes at Military Park. The feature is Fences starting at 9pm

In case you miss Tuesday’s showing, on Wednesday August 30th you can catch it at Homestead Park starting at 7pm.

On August 31st Street Hockey with New Jersey Devils visit Pennington Court from 4-7pm.

To conclude the week, on September 1st, the first 3,000 Newark children accompanied by a parent can receive a book bag and enjoy a day of fun at the Back to School Fun Day at JFK Recreational Center from 12-7pm.

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If you have any questions or require additional information about these or upcoming events, The Office of Special Projects can be reached at 973-733-5460.