The Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs is the catalyst for participation, education, collaboration and development to encourage and support excellence in the arts within the City of Newark.
This division is responsible for:
The Creative Catalyst Fund (CCF) is a grant program designed to support long-term sustainability and assist Newark-based artists and small to mid-sized arts and cultural organizations.
In March 2023, the City of Newark unveiled a new monument honoring Harriet Tubman and New Jersey’s role in the Underground Railroad, designed by New Jersey artist Nina Cooke John and installed in downtown Harriet Tubman Square.
The Newark Community Museum will reinvent the city's historic 1st Police Precinct as a center for healing, conflict resolution and social justice.
Newark Creates is a collaborative cultural plan, powered by Newark Arts on behalf of the City in 2018.
Newark's oldest and largest Black-led arts and entertainment venue unveiled designs for its exterior renovation, part of a three-phase, $50-million restoration project.
Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Social Justice Public Art program is underway to give local artists a platform to respond to calls for social justice.
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