The Gateway Project: Expanding art opportunities in Newark

Newark, NJ – The Gateway Project today officially announced the expansion of its program from temporary pop-up gallery to permanent arts hub.
With the support of C&K Properties, the Gateway Project will expand from a 14,000 sq exhibition to a nearly 50,000 square foot facility that includes sixty rentable artist studios, an artist residency program, and a gallery space. The revamped facility is slated to open on April 30, 2015.
The occasion will be ushered in with the opening of the Gateway Gallery’s first exhibition in the new gallery space, Color Polemics: Exploring Conversations of Race, Art, and Politics in America. Further information about the opening festivities and exhibition will be released throughout April. The opening reception and ribbon cutting will take place on April 30, 2015 from 6 – 9 PM.
“We are thrilled to be expanding opportunities for artists and creative businesses not only at a local level, but by opening more doors with connections nationally and internationally as well,” said Rebecca Jampol, co-director of The Gateway Project. “The Gateway Project will be a resourceful arts complex for the City of Newark, comparable to that which one would find in New York City.”
The Gateway Project Expansion is not only marked by an increase in physical space, but also a vast growth in programs, and opportunities for multidisciplinary artists. The new facility will span over three floors in the Gateway Two Center, which attaches to Newark’s Penn Station. Within this expanse The Gateway Project will offer affordable studios to artists and cultural practitioners. Studio tenants will be provided with a diverse array of significant amenities including: 24 hour indoor access to Newark Penn Station’s transportation systems (PATH, NJ Transit, Amtrak, LightRail); 24 hour access to secure and monitored studio facilities; high speed WiFi internet; and temperature controlled studios. In addition to building and facility amenities, The Gateway Project is also cultivating bi-monthly open studio events, and a program for artists to interface with visiting critics, curators, and collectors.
The Gateway Project’s non-profit arm will be organized through its partner organization, Project for Empty Space, which aims to create spaces and programs that address social issues and inspire social discourse through contemporary art. The Gateway Project Gallery and Residency Program exist within this arena, and directly address this mission.
“The Gateway Project has invigorated previously empty, underutilized space in the heart of downtown Newark,” said Jasmine Wahi, co-director of The Gateway Project. “The gallery and studios will play an important role in helping to continue moving forward the renaissance happening here in Newark. Art is inspiring and we are proud that our residency programs will have community outreach components in place to engage students, residents, workforces and visitors year-round.”
The Gateway Project Residency Program and Gallery Space is for mid-career to established artists whose practices work within the context of social engagement. Participants are selected biannually and will present an exhibition in the Gateway Project Gallery at the conclusion of their residency. The first cycle of participating artists will be announced in mid-April.
The Gateway Project is directed by Jasmine Wahi, an independent curator and co-founder of the Project For Empty Space, based in New York City, and Rebecca Jampol, who founded both The Gateway Project and Solos Project House, both based in Newark.

Check out the Beds and Breakfast seminar in Newark to plan for this year’s gardening season

Greater Newark Conservancy is inviting participants to start planning for the 2015 gardening season at Greater Newark Conservancy’s 4th Annual Beds & Breakfast Seminar on Saturday, February 21st (snow date March 8th), from 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.

Community gardeners from Newark, Essex County and beyond are invited to share information and gardening tips while enjoying a delicious breakfast, exciting presentations, networking, workshops and giveaways.

Seminar participants will learn about Community Gardening and Urban Farming programs, how to create community gardens in their neighborhoods, take part in hands-on demonstrations and presentations and get connected with other community gardeners. Topics to be covered include seed starting, hydroponics, composting, tree pruning, rain water harvesting and more.

“Beds & Breakfast was created for the gardener interested in getting a jump on the upcoming season,” noted Robin Dougherty, the Conservancy’s Executive Director. “Whether you are just beginning or are trying to learn more about local resources and programs, this winter seminar will provide everything you need to prepare for the year ahead.”

Resource tables filled with information from seed companies and local organizations will also be available at the Conservancy’s Outdoor Learning Center, 32 Prince Street in Newark during the seminar.

Seating is limited to the first 40 people who register. Register and pay by February 13th to secure your participation. The registration fee includes breakfast, giveaways and resources. No walk-ins can be accommodated on the day of the event. Participants must be aged 15 and older (no child care is available).

To register, or for more information about Greater Newark Conservancy’s programs and services, call 973.642.4646 or visit You can also follow news from the Conservancy through social media at and Twitter at @Citybloom87.

Are you a musician interested in playing Military Park? Here are details for how join their Live Music Lab

Military Park has announced a new after work series for local musicians. With its Live Music Lab, the recently renovated park is inviting “Newark bands, singer/songwriters, and DJs” who are interested in playing the park this May and June to submit their information for consideration. The park is asking for:

  • Names and instruments of your members
  • Contact information for your group
  • Genre
  • Link to YouTube, Bandcamp, or website with your music
  • Websites, social  media accounts, and/or press that gives a sense of your band’s personality

The park provides basic equipment, including a mixer, speakers, and four microphones. Musicians must bring all other equipment to the park.

Submit materials to by April 15, and contact with questions.

City of Newark announces land sale for lovers: Lots for $1,000 on Valentine’s Day

In a bid to entice couples to invest in the city with their residency, the City of Newark has announced that it will be selling 100 lots on a first-come, first-serve basis to couples for $1,000 apiece on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The effort comes on the heels of their announcement of the “Live Newark” program, which will incentivize municipal employees and public school teachers to purchase residences in the city, and a call for city artists to develop proposals for neighborhood colonies — particularly in West and South Ward neighborhoods included in the model neighborhood initiative.

In their website notice, the city underscores that the sale is for aspiring residents who want to build new homes on the lots — not for investors or developers. The city plans to enforce this rule by making all sales subject to final approval by the Municipal Council, requiring purchasers to live on the lot for five years after closing, and making site plans subject to approval by the City Planning Board.

Visit the city’s website for a map and list of the lots for sale.

A call for public art proposals: Gateway Project’s “You Are Now Here”

From The Gateway Project:

“You Are Now Here” is a public art exhibition that calls for artists to produce work based on their interactions with a city’s current character and culture. The work prompts artists to publicaly actualize dialogue on the city among the diverse constituents that travel Newark’s Gateway Center concourse.

By orchestrating a hypothetical global roundtable, the 30,000 people that walk through the concourse each day are asked to consider “Now” and “Here” while making their way through the mile-long exhibition. The world created by You Are Now Here presents a variety of issues and questions from different perspectives. Its purpose is to embrace the diversity that makes the city of Newark so unique. Consequently, this show, which is a public art exhibition, is meant to embrace and explore the idea of “publicness” in all of its forms.

The Gateway Center concourse, an indoor street attached to Newark Pennsylvania Station, serves as a resting area for commuters on their travels throughout the The Northeast Corridor, nationally and internationally.  Several questions should be considered for this installation: how can we relay the ideas of local visionaries, leaders, and creatives? How can we address a city’s history, visually highlighting both struggles and successes in the short walk from one end of the concourse to the other, in a manner that mirrors the moment in history that we are living in? How does the city’s current culture compare to that of other cities? Is there a sense of nostalgia that is transcends all city-spaces? Is there room for chimera; moreover, is there space to make our dreams for and about a cityscape into a visual reality? Where does the whimsy of our personal interpretations, sentimentalities, and wishes situate itself within the context of ‘here’ and ‘now’?


Deadline February 1, 2015
The Gateway Center; Newark NJ
Bi – Annual Public Art Exhibition
Curated by Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol


Mayor-elect Ras Baraka to appoint ‘Youth Mayor’ [application]


Mayor-elect Ras Baraka will appoint a "youth mayor" – the first such distinction in Newark – to be his eyes and ears among Newark youth, and submit recommendations that will help guide his administration's youth agenda. The appointee will be tasked with engaging Newark youth in government activities, identifying and collaborating with his or her Newark peers to provide recommendations about youth needs and concerns to the mayor, and helping to promote and execute that agenda throughout the city. The youth mayor will also receive a $1,000 scholarship.

With the school year winding up in the next couple weeks, representatives from the mayor-elect's team are set to fan out to Newark schools to promote the position and disseminate the application to students. Applicants are required to be Newark residents who are enrolled in high school (juniors and seniors) or college (freshmen and sophomores), are between 16 and 20 years old, and have a minimum 2.7 grade point average. Applicants must fill out an application, create a 15-second YouTube or Instagram video (including hashtag #newarkyouthmayor and handle @RasJBaraka), and write a 500 word essay. Finalists will sit for an in-person interview after the application deadline.

The application, downloadable here, is due June 25, and the appointee will be announced July 1, the day of mayor-elect Baraka's swearing-in.