Be a part of Newark’s annual citywide arts festival. Opens Doors is looking for proposals.

opportunities cardOn the heels of their annual meeting and reception, the Newark Arts Council has officially released their invitation for participation in the 15th annual Open Doors Citywide Arts festival, the series of art-related events that draws thousands to Newark each fall to take in visual, performing, and literary art in the city.

That invitation comes in the form of open calls for five distinct categories of programming. In addition to the call for established galleries and museums to list their Open Doors-related exhibits and events, the Newark Arts Council is soliciting participation by individual artists, art studios, and those who would like to propose and execute special projects and events.

This year the festival, which runs from October 20th through October 23rd, will be produced collaboratively by the Newark Arts Council and Gallery Aferro. It promises to be a banner year for the festival, which also coincides with Newark Celebration 350, a yearlong celebration of the city’s 350th anniversary, and the biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry festival, which is the largest such festival in North America. Artists living and working both in and outside of Newark are welcome to respond to the open call. All proposals are due to Evonne Davis ( by August 1st at 5 p.m.

See the details for Open Calls below.

Artist Opportunity

This call is for individual artists who want to be considered for exhibition and other opportunities,
2016 Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival NAC Announces Five Open Calls for Participation June 14, 2016 including curator review, during Newark Open Doors. Opportunities for individual artists include consideration for curated exhibits, access to temporary space in which you can individually showcase your work, art fair/project style during October 20-23, and having your artwork shared with curators.

Submission of this form does not guarantee you space. Please submit works that are representative of what you would showcase during October. Incomplete applications, work that has been exhibited during Open Doors in previous years, and works older than 3 years will not be reviewed or considered. Works will be insured under the Newark Arts Council’s policy during the time they are on view in the exhibition space. The Newark Arts Council provides no support for preparation of work, i.e. framing, wiring, any related supplies or transportation. Works submitted must be ready for display.

Special Projects

This call is for people who want to create pop up exhibits, either in spaces you already have access to, or in spaces that you get access to by working with the Newark Arts Council. Proposals can be from Newark-affiliated culture workers, or from culture workers outside of Newark.

All pop up exhibits fully registered by the deadline will be included in promotional listings. Pop ups are defined here as exhibits that take place in temporary or non-traditional spaces.

We are requiring ALL exhibitions, including pop ups, to have consistent minimum hours that they are open, in an effort to improve the Open Doors visitor experience. The Gallery Crawl will be Friday, October 21 from 5-9pm, Saturday, October 22 hours should be at minimum, 12-6pm and Sunday, October 23 Open Studio hours should be at minimum 12-5pm.

The Newark Arts Council will provide insurance.

Open Studios

This call is for Newark artists who have studios and will have them open on Sunday, October 23rd.

We are requiring everyone to have consistent minimum hours as follows – Sunday, October 23 11am-4pm. The reputation and potential of the entire festival rests upon positive visitor experiences, thus we must provide them with accurate and trustworthy information about when they can visit spaces.

The images and information gathered in this form will be used actively by NAC staff to promote artists’ studios and the festival, including via a social media campaign featuring exhibits and artists. Please supply images that you feel great about!

Call for Events and Event Proposals

This call is for galleries and individuals to list and/or propose public programs and events for Open Doors 2016. Events can be, but are not limited to, screenings, workshops, artist talks, performances, readings, concerts, happenings, etc.

Please indicate if you have a space in which to hold your event, or if you want to hold an event but are looking for a space in which to hold it. We cannot guarantee space for events but are working to connect event producers with available spaces.

Open Doors Contact: Evonne Davis — or 862-234-5782