Entries by Ashley Okwuosa | Arts, Culture & Scene Contributor | BrickCityLive.com

Newark Arts Council announced new collaborations and opportunities for artists at Prudential Center event

Yesterday evening, the Newark Arts Council announced upcoming initiatives and artist opportunities at its 2016 Annual Meeting and Reception, which was held in a ground-level event room at the Prudential Center. The announcements included recipients of the council’s ArtStart grants. Now in its 15th year, the ArtStart program has made more than 150 grant awards ranging from $500 […]

Dodge Poetry Festival returns to Newark’s NJPAC for 2016

In October, The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, the country’s largest celebration of poetry, will make Newark and New Jersey Performing Arts Center its home for the fourth time in a row. According to NJPAC CEO John Schreiber, the upcoming poetry festival will turn Newark’s Downtown District into a “nice little village of words” in celebration […]

Newark Arts Photo Documentary Project creates window into the scope of the city’s art scene

Many artists have called the city of Newark home, from literary giant Amiri Baraka to visual artist Jerry Gant. Newark is a city rooted in art, and the influx of programs like Newark Open Doors, and the increasing availability of galleries and art spaces, have contributed to what feels like a revival of art in […]

At the second annual KHEM Comic Fest in Newark, discussing the role of diversity in comics

Comics have historically provided an avenue for readers to immerse themselves in a fictional world, but on Saturday, February 21st, fans and friends alike didn’t need to go too far to celebrate and fraternize about their favorite comic characters. The second annual KHEM Comic Fest, hosted by P.B. S. Media, provided Newark residents comics that went well […]

Newark elementary school students hit the main stage at NJPAC thanks to the Disney Musicals in Schools program

New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall has hosted an impressive array of professional performers, but earlier this month they instead hosted a crop of 3rd to 5th graders who shined bright on the main stage after reenacting Disney classics like The Lion King and Aladdin for beaming parents, proud teachers, and eager spectators. The production, which was […]

Urban League Young Professionals talk strategy on area’s gravest issues in first general body meeting of the year

For their first general body meeting of the New Year, the Urban League of Essex County Young Professionals (ULECYP) set out to cross-examine the current state of black New Jersey. After a day’s work, young professionals from the surrounding Newark area (under the leadership of Jason Grove, the chapter’s president) assembled at Newark’s First Presbyterian Church […]

SHE Boutique offers area a women a taste of contemporary trends on Halsey Street

Surrounded by new restaurants, businesses and ongoing construction, Halsey Street is a microcosm of Newark’s growth potential. The street is located in one of the city’s most desirable locations and serves as a prime area for economic and cultural growth. For SHE Boutique owners Tina Owugah and Lanel Lundy-Pascal, a window on Halsey street serves […]

Mayor Baraka and Safety Director Ambrose address public safety at South Ward neighborhood watch meeting

Before Mayor Ras Baraka embarks on his 3.0 town hall tour of the city, he attended the Weequahic Neighborhood Watch Association meeting on Monday night in the South Ward, where he was formerly a councilman. Residents of the historic neighborhood gathered at the home of fellow residents Ryan and Charity Haygood for the association’s first […]

In 5 dozen videos and counting, Gary Campbell reveals how Newark’s artists can shape our surroundings

For Newark-based artist and entrepreneur Gary Campbell, the responsibility for building a just and inclusive community is not one limited to City Hall officials. Campbell says the city’s artists have been taking on key roles as change makers for a long time. The community at-large just needs to take notice. To help community members do just that, Campbell, who […]

Local author channels love of dance into her play, ‘The Prayer Dancer’

Newark native Tracie Morrison’s play, The Prayer Dancer, is a story of love, life and friendship told through the art of dance. In the three-act play, Morrison writes about four friends, all with different lifestyles, views, and experiences, with dance being the the one thing that unites them. Morrison, a self proclaimed amateur dancer and […]