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Thu, Oct 11, 2012

Arts, Community

Shuttles Packed for Public Art

BY Blake Turner

Shuttles Packed for Public Art

Since 2009, the Newark Public Art Program has partnered with City Without Walls Gallery and other non-profit arts organizations to create large-scale public murals with artists, community-based groups, and young people across Newark. To date, 15 have been completed and six more are currently in progress at this time.

The work of Kate Dowd and Jame Blake of Glassroots, titled “Time to Grow; Time to Build.” Part of City Murals program in 2010. Site: Greater Newark Conservancy.

This past weekend, during the Newark Open Door Tour, cWOW conducted their annual City Murals Shuttle Tour that shed light on the public work that has been developed from this program.

The tour was full with attendees from Newark and the surrounding areas. Program participants and artists spoke about their involvement and educated the audience on the concepts of the work and it’s completion process. Viewers were thrilled to see and learn about the artists!

“The Newark City Murals tour was such a great opportunity to hear first hand stories from artists like Gladys Grauer and Melanie Stokes to Newark residents and out of towners who came along. This is a great public art dialogue that surely should be continued and become a Newark tradition,” says cWOW gallery manager Jacqueline Cruz.

If you didn’t make it and our curious about the mural sites, information, and directions go to the City Murals Google Map at: http://goo.gl/maps/l8sJK

About City Murals!
City Murals, part of the Newark Public Art Program, is an initiative of the City of Newark Division of Planning 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.

Visit the Newark Public Art Program website to see other murals: http://thisisnewark.wordpress.com/

Find City Murals on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/citymurals

Photos courtesy of City Without Walls Gallery

 

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