“The stars are all aligned for Newark to reign as New Jersey’s premier arts and cultural destination this Fall,” begins Linwood Oglesby, Executive Director of the Newark Arts Council, “Three major are coming together to bring world class poetry, music, and fine arts to our city, allowing it to shine this brightly for the first time.”
Last year the Newark Arts Council (NAC) celebrated a decade of their annual gallery and studio tour, The Newark Open Doors Tour. This year follows with an impressive 11th year that exceeds anything that the NAC has done in the past; three full weekends of citywide attractions offering a unique and varied experience for everyone!
The Tour will live from from October 5th – 21st. Events will be featured in traditional studios and galleries, as well as pop-up exhibitions in interesting industrial and commercial spaces throughout the city’s core. This year’s Open Doors tour highlights over 20 galleries, 6 curated fine arts exhibitions, 30 artist studios; and features the Creation Nation Art and Peace Parade, the now 2-day Washington Park Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, and the first ever Quarter Mile Print Project.
As always free shuttle transportation will be provided to participating galleries and studios on the opening weekend during the Friday Night Gallery Crawl (Oct. 5) and Sunday Studio Tour (Oct. 7) will be provided by Rutgers University-Newark.
This 3 week event will align with the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival returning to Newark and the inaugural James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the City is expecting a projected influx of over 30,000 visitors.
THE QUARTER MILE PRINT PROJECT: (Sunday, October 7) is a project co-planned by artist Stephen McKenzie and the Newark Arts Council and is one of the most anticipated new programs during Open Doors. This free and accessible project will involve hundreds of people including but not limited to: local artists, professionals from the gallery community, and all participants from far and wide. Attempting to break a Guinness World Record, the Quarter Mile Print will be created around Washington Park and printed by steamroller. When completed, the prints will be shown for a brief time at the Rupert Ravens Contemporary Gallery on Market Street in Downtown Newark. As individuals leave, they will be able to take home their piece of this original artwork.
ARTIST STUDIOS: Gallery Aferro, Solo(s) Project House, Index Art Center, and 31 Central are home to some of Newark’s veteran and emerging artists. Studio Spotlights will be featured throughout Open Doors, giving individuals a behind-the-scenes look into artists’ studios and the ‘collective’ experience. There are several other programs being planned that will emphasize distinctive Newark neighborhoods like the Ironbound Section and the Lincoln Park District which is home to prominent gallery City Without Walls.
THE CREATION NATION ART AND PEACE PARADE: (Sunday, October 21.) The parade—which has become a highly anticipated annual event tied to the festival—features artists, residents, community organizations, marching bands and arts lovers from around the state as well as the loved Animodules. These Newark original artworks are animated modular sculptures created by artists and schools in Newark and nearby areas. Creation Nation, a division of the Barat Youth Initiative, will also be hosting an exhibit of the Animodules in their creative space during the opening weekend of Open Doors. Also check out: What is Creation Nation?
Over the next month lots of info will be out their regarding this 3 week arts event. A complete listing of participating galleries, curated shows, artist studios, events, parties, receptions, and shuttle schedule will be available online in the coming months. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact us to learn about how you can participate. Please visit www.newarkarts.org. To stay in touch with Open Doors latest news visit us on www.Facebook.com/NewarkArtsCouncil and on Twitter @NwkArtsCouncil