ICYMI: Newark Arts principals and grants recipient discuss the importance of the arts in new video

by Brick City Live | April 14, 2017

Newark Arts, the more than 35-year-old organization that provides institutional support to Newark art institutions and artists, unveiled a new video at their recent Newark Arts Honors Gala, and subsequently released it online.

The video features aerial shots of Newark, and interviews with Newark Arts principals, Art Start grant recipients, Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor and dance luminary (and Newark native) Savion Glover discussing the importance of the arts in general, and the ways Newark Arts has helped catalyze and amplify the impact of the arts in Newark.

Our favorite part of the video: the perceptive words of a young Newarker named Alana Smith, who was interviewed in Gallery Aferro’s new Community Book Room.

“If none of these [arts] institutions existed, there would be no blue sky,” she said.

Later in the video, Alana discussed the impact of making sure successful Newarkers are visible and accessible. “If a person of color comes in, and they’re from Newark, they live there, and they’re really successful–they came from the same background as me. They came from a place where it’s considered the ghetto, where no one’s gonna make it, no one’s gonna come out alive. If they can do it, I can do it.”

Looks like you’re doing it already, Alanna. Learn more about Newark Arts at newarkarts.org.


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