Updated: Newark mural program organizers solicit community input ahead of mural creation

Updated 8/8/2014:

The organizers of the Newwals Newark have slightly postponed the start of the project in order to solicity more ideas about its direction from the community. Here's the latest information:

Newwalls Headquarters will open on August 11, 2014, where community members are welcome to visit and learn about the project.  This common ground will be a place for discussions to take place, and input and commentary is welcome from the community.  Conversations like these ensure the success of public art projects by defining the community being served, and the aesthetic needs of the community. More information about slated murals and programming may be found here.

The City of Newark wants to make sure that the above community conversations take place prior to the commencement of the mural project, in order to ensure its success. Once approved by representatives of the City of Newark’s Arts, Cultural Development, and Tourism Department, the project will resume its originally planned execution of ten new murals in the business improvement district in downtown Newark.

Originally posted 8/4/2014:

The Newark Downtown District (NDD) will launch "NeWWalls Newark" this month to promote, educate, and change perspectives about public space in our communities through street art.

Building on the momentum of an already existing artist community, murals will act as catalysts to both promote local talent and establish Newark as a destination for high-caliber muralists. The program will kick off with an inaugural conference that will be the platform for a much-needed dialogue in the city through street art. The conference will also provide momentum and excitement for a sustainable, long-term program.

Led by local curator Rebecca Jampol, director of both Solo(s) Project House and The Gateway Project, and Newark-based lead muralist, Lunar New Year, the conference, titled “City as Archive”, will begin with ten murals being simultaneously executed in downtown Newark. Conference artists include Lunar New Year and Newark artists NDA, and Mataruda; Montclair arist Joe Iurato; Brooklyn-based artists Cake, Sonni, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, and Rubin415, Baltimore-based artist Nanook; and two international artists: Decertor of Peru, and 2501 of Italy.

This project is being funded by the non-profit NDD, the special improvement district for Newark's central business area whose mandate is, in part, to establish Newark as the epicenter of public arts in New Jersey through creative programs like the mural conference. Those interested in more information can contact newwalls@downtownnewark.com.

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