3 ways to get involved with Newark’s 350th anniversary celebration

Newark is turning 350 next year — that makes the city more than 100 years older than the United States of America itself. The city’s 350th anniversary celebration, officially named Newark Celebration 350, is in the works, and planning committees for the celebration have already begun to convene.

We’ll be reporting and updating as much as possible about the event, but the planners have also provided ways to stay close to the process, and for community members to even get involved themselves. To that end, here are three ways to get involved with next year’s Newark Celebration 350.

Attend one of five upcoming planning and information sessions with organizers

newark350Celebration Chair Junius Williams, Celebration Executive Director John Johnson, and NJPAC President John Schreiber will be convening a series of five meetings in each of the five wards to give community members and potential partners a chance to offer ideas for events, partnerships, and other opportunities related to Newark Celebration 350. Community leaders and elected officials for each ward will also be present at each session.

The sessions will be held as follows:

  • East Ward: Tuesday, September 29, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Ironbound Early Learning Center (1 New York Avenue)
  • West Ward: Thursday, October 1, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., U.V.S.O. Teen Center (40 Richelieu Terrace)
  • Central Ward: Monday, October 5, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Abyssinian Baptist Church (224 West Kinney Street)
  • South Ward: Tuesday, October 6, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Donald K. Tucker Center (27 Elizabeth Avenue)
  • North Ward: Wednesday, October 7, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Third Presbyterian Church (395 Ridge Street)


Submit a proposal for an event or public discussion

The programming committee has released a call for event and public discussion proposals for the celebration. Events and public discussions can run the gamut of types and target audiences, but are asked to achieve one or more of the following objectives:

  • Focus the attention of the city and nation on the rich history of Newark, NJ, as a way to engage people of all ages who live, work and play in the city in its continued rebirth and revitalization.
  • Inculcate pride in identity through celebration of Newark’s history in each ward and neighborhood of Newark.
  • Focus and direct the energy of Newark’s residents in continued rebirth and regeneration.
  • Use the historical evolution of neighborhoods in the context of immigration both old and new, to demonstrate how Newark has become one city with many voices.
  • Study and document periods of conflict, and derive lessons for growth and reconciliation to enable future generations to avoid the mistakes of the past.
  • Identify and celebrate the great musical, artistic, and intellectual contributions Newark has bestowed upon its people in town, throughout the nation, and around the world.
  • Enable the history of Newark to serve as a beacon of hope and a blueprint for change for cities similarly situated all over the nation.

See here to view the RFP and submit a proposal for an event.

See here to view the RFP and submit a proposal for a public discussion.

Follow Newark Celebration 350 on social media

NC350 recently set up its social media accounts, and will be sharing updates to the public through those channels. Follow along on Facebook at facebook.com/Newark350, and on Twitter and Instagram @Newark350.

BrickCityLive.com will also be publishing related events to our calendar. To find them, visit brickc.it/350eventlist.

Stay tuned to BrickCityLive.com for continuing coverage of Newark’s 350th anniversary celebration.

Featured image: Rutgers University and downtown Newark, copyright Arthur Paxton, via WikiMedia.org. Used under Creative Commons license.

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