In program exclusive to Newarkers, learn how to compete for bonding and construction contracts for city projects

The CDI program is meant to help Newark-based contractors vie for key bonding and construction contracts for city projects.

Learn and apply: Watch local startups pitch investors at Equal Space on Dec. 14th

This Wednesday at 6 p.m., learn the presentation skills you’d need to get money for your business by watching local startups pitch investors downtown Newark.

Whole Foods Newark is now hiring, and its foundations are offering grants and loans to Newark-based entrepreneurs

With an eye toward the supermarket’s unveiling, Whole Foods Newark has announced a series of updates around opportunities for grants and microloans for local organizations and entrepreneurs, and for jobs in the store.

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Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation is providing an opportunity for area business owners/founders/principals to understand their financials, including how to value their business and discuss financials with potential investors.

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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

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

art cardYesterday 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 to $3,000 and totaling more than $400,000. This year’s list of recipients includes Newark Print Shop’s Print Club and the Rafael Hernandez School’s Look Out World Immersion Murals. The grantees will receive funding to continue their programs and projects and ultimately stimulate arts and cultural activity in the city’s neighborhoods and local schools. (See a full list of grantees below.)

Daniel Cherry, III, who is Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer of both the Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils, welcomed the group and emphasized collaboration as a key to continue growing the arts in Newark. Cherry also underscored the Prudential Center’s commitment to the arts in Newark, noting that the organization will continue to be “a patron, resource, and friend” to the city’s arts community.

Newark Arts Council’s newly minted Executive Director Jeremy Johnson then highlighted this year’s upcoming Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival, which will coincide with the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and the continuing celebration of Newark’s 350th anniversary. The annual festival, which will occur from October 20th to October 23rd this year, is known to attract thousands of art enthusiasts to Newark for a variety of open gallery events and exhibits.

According to Gallery Aferro Director and Open Doors partner Emma Wilcox, this year’s festival will center on creating a unique user experience for visitors, promoting cultural tourism, and engaging the community. To encourage the latter, the Newark Arts Council has listed an open call for artists, galleries and event proposals on their website. Interested parties can submit proposals for special events during the weekend-long festival, or nominate artists to participate.

“The arts are thriving and we have to make sure they stay a part of Newark,” said Johnson. “We have to work with outside forces and inside forces to fight for the artists. It’s not a given in every city that as cities grow and get better artists stay at the core, and we have to make sure that happens in Newark.”

ArtStart grantees:

Visit the Newark Art Council’s website to nominate artists, galleries, open studios and special projects for the 2016 Open Doors Festival. The Council announced in April that it had received a historic $1 million grant from the Prudential Foundation.

The Start Something Challenge is back. How to enter for a chance to win up to $10k for your business idea.

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It’s that time of year — Rising Tide Capital is again presenting The Start Something Challenge, which invites entrepreneurs are encouraged to pursue their business proposition in pursuit of a grand first prize of $10,000.

The Start Something Challenge is a chance for current and aspiring entrepreneurs to build business networks, perfect business pitches and gain visibility for their businesses and initiatives.

In order to enter, entrepreneurs musth create a 30-second video illustrating their business idea by using the free 15-day trial version of Animoto.

Once the 30-second video pitch is completed, the competitor has to create a free YouTube channel and export the video using the title “Start Something Challenge 2016 – (Name of Business Idea)”. They should then submit the YouTube video link and 150 word business description to the SSC Website by June 27, and promote the video among their personal social networks in order to rack up as many views as possible by July 5.

To learn more about the challenge and how to participate, visit Rising Tide Capital’s website.


NJPAC announces summer program for young artists seeking the time of their lives

opportunities cardMiddle school and high school students in search of their inner artist don’t have to look any further than NJPAC when their classes adjourn. Creative minds are at work to make 2016’s Summer Programs at NJPAC an unforgettable experience for young people involved in the performing arts.

Many of the country’s most recognized performers in their fields are back to lead these popular, immersive sessions in acting, dance, jazz, hip-hop, musical theater, dance and comedy. Seasoned pros of Chicago’s famed Second City will return to coach students in improv comedy, while building teamwork skills in the process. Jazz piano great Geri Allen will again head a faculty of ace musicians for the All-Female Jazz Residency, this year at Rutgers University in Newark in partnership with its Institute of Jazz Studies.

Participants often describe their experiences in terms of having fun, while receiving a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study with the masters.

“While learning the ins and outs of their chosen pursuit, our teens use the arts to express their creativity and their most authentic voice,” says Alison Scott-Williams, Vice President of Arts Education at NJPAC. “Through this exploration, they make new friends, inspire others to share their art, and have a great time.”

Summer Programs at NJPAC includes:

All-Female Jazz Residency

July 10-16, 2016

In collaboration with the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark, NJPAC’s All-Female Jazz Residency offers a weeklong, one-of-a-kind opportunity for young women, ages 14-25, to study jazz. This residential camp, with students coming from across the country, presents a unique blend of instruction and mentorship as students are taught improvisation, musicianship, jazz theory and more. Geri Allen, celebrated Grammy-nominated pianist, is the program’s artistic director and leads a stellar faculty including Ellen Rowe, piano and composition; Linda Oh, bass; Ingrid Jensen, trumpet; Bruce Williams and Tia Fuller, saxophones; Connaitre Miller, voice; Jeff “Tain” Watts, drums; and Stefon Harris, vibraphone.

A final student showcase will take place along with field trips to jazz monuments and institutions. Auditions are not required.

Hip-Hop Intensive

June 27-July 8, 2016

Students ages 10-16 have the opportunity to study at NJPAC’s Hip Hop Intensive with recording artist and U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassador Sheikia Norris, aka “Purple Haze.” As Artistic Director, Norris will lead students in the art of hip hop, including MCing, DJing, graffiti, breakdancing, beat boxing, spoken word, and sound engineering. This hands on workshop will allow participants to come away with an understanding of how hip hop has become such a large force in modern American culture. A final showcase will take place at NJPAC.

The Young Artist Summer Intensive

  • June 27-July 29, 2016: Advance Division
  • July 11-August 5, 2016: Apprentice Plus Division, Session One
  • July 25-August 5, 2016: Apprentice Plus Division, Session Two

The Young Artist Summer Intensive (YASI) develops the student’s skills in acting, dance, musical theater and vocal performance in a professional setting. The program is taught by professional artists in two divisions. The Apprentice division is for beginning and intermediate students ages 10-16, and will provide students with a cross-genre, two-week overview of the performing arts. The Advance division, for students ages 12-18, is an immersive five-week performing arts workshop. Students are accepted by auditions, and are offered the opportunity to focus on a single discipline (acting, dance, vocal performance, musical theater, and enrichment classes) for the length of the program.  The final showcase takes place at NJPAC.

A completed registration is required to audition. The deadline to register is June 1.

The Second City at NJPAC

  • August 1-12, 2016: Teen Improv and Sketch Comedy Workshop
  • August 8-12, 2016: Adult Improv and Comedy Writing Immersion
  • August 8-12, 2016: From the Inside Out

NJPAC is excited to continue its collaboration with The Second City this summer to bring programs in improvisation and comedy to teens and adults alike. Teens will develop skills in creative thinking, self-confidence, team building, empathy and communication while adults can explore improvisation and writing.

From the Inside Out is a groundbreaking program for teens diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome  and/or autism. Teens, ages 14-18, will take class in improvisation that will explore relationships and social cues focusing on ensemble and team building. Taught by a team of teachers, all with special needs certification, the students will learn skills such as accessing emotions and storytelling in a safe and fun environment where they can explore and challenge themselves. The students are given the chance to break through barriers that block creativity and socialization.

The Second City is a world renowned comedy enterprise that has been based in Chicago since 1959. The Second City helped launch the careers of stars such as Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, Jimmy Fallon and Mike Myers.

For more information about Summer at NJPAC visit, email or call 973.353.7058Featured image: Students participate in Hip Hop Intensive class, courtesy NJPAC