Get creative at Washington Park next month by creating art with the community

Experienced artists and complete beginners alike are invited to Washington Park to create art alongside their fellow community members during their “Bring Art to the Park” days next month.

The art creation event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 8, with a rain date of August 15. Participants are encouraged to bring their own art supplies, but can borrow supplies if they cannot do so. There will also be limited supplies available for participating families.

This community project is made in collaboration with the Newark Museum and Newark-based artist Gregg Banks. Interested participants are encouraged to pre-register by calling 973-733-4361.

Washington Park is located in downtown Newark between Broad Street, Washington Place and Washington Street.

Featured image courtesy of The City of Newark, Mayor’s Office of Arts, Cultural Development and Tourism. 

YouthBuild Newark offers job training & personal development for city youth, and they’re now accepting fall applications

YouthBuild Newark, now marking its 10th anniversary of operations, is currently accepting applicants for its fall class. With the help of over a dozen local institutions, the program provides comprehensive support to their youth members through construction trade training, case management and counseling, leadership training, and transitional housing for specific cases.

Who it’s for: The program provides education and personal development services to youth ages 16 to 24 who have struggled academically, are under-employed, or have been involved with the criminal justice system.

Success stories: Four out of five YouthBuild students who sit for the GED exam pass it, and three out of four of its students have earned their National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) credential.

How to apply: For an application, interested community members should visit YouthBuild’s office at 571 Central Avenue (between S. 11th an S. 12th streets) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Below are more details on YouthBuild’s program, curriculum, and services:

YouthBuild Program

  • Academics: Rigorous instruction in Math, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies that aligns with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS) and will be aligned to the Common Core School Standards (CCSS) – all of which exceeds the requirements of the GED.
  • Workforce Readiness/Vocational Training: Supervised construction training that results in the development of quality affordable housing and allows students to earn credentials through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and the Home Builders Institute’s Pre-Apprentice Certification Training (PACT); college credit-bearing instruction in Allied Health through partnership with the Rutgers University School of Health Related Professions; access to licensed practical nursing, culinary arts and automotive training through a partner agency; mentoring; and job readiness workshops.
  • Leadership Development: Positive decision-making, public speaking, group facilitation, and negotiation; membership in Student Policy Council; and participation in service-learning activities supported by AmeriCorps programming.
  • Counseling: Case management, individual and group counseling, life skills training, and referrals to outside agencies for psycho-social services and behavioral modification if needed.
  • Graduate Services: Post-employment training, career counseling, job placement assistance, college counseling, and additional resources (i.e. emergency housing assistance, tuition assistance, funds for college books, etc.) as requested.

Newark Leadership Academy: Alternative vocational high school launched in partnership with Newark Public Schools (NPS) that serves 16-20 year old over-aged, under-credited youth and young adults.

Independent Living Program: Transitional living program for homeless male YBN graduates and students.

General Contracting: Rehabilitation of residential structures and mixed-use development projects.

YouthBuild is located at 571 Central Avenue and open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They can be reached by telephone at (973) 624-4720 and online at Featured image via 

Q&A with Trills: Newark-bred multimedia artist and progenitor of ‘Lush Rap’

Newark-bred Trills is an artist and “Lush Rap” pioneer who’s right at home creating art across many different mediums. Get to know Trills a little in our 5-question Q&A below, and look out for his work and performances around town. He promises euphoria for your ears.

Andaiye Taylor: How would you describe your work?
Trills: My work is a hybrid of a few things. Mostly my affinity for food, drink, soul music, and activism. My work would pretty much be the score to a hybrid of bond and Blaxploitation films if that actually existed. Someone on Twitter once called it “Lush Rap.” I’ve been using that ever since.

trills wallaAT: Where did you get your start?
Trills: I grew up around Newark’s music scene. I mean, Naughty By Nature was actually around in my neighborhood. I still work with Treach to date. The inspiration to be artistic in this way was always present. Essentially I was indirectly influenced by the scene I was exposed to.

AT: What do you think about the current arts and cultural landscape in Newark?
Trills: Newark is artistically beautiful right now. Being born and raised here gives you the best insight on this development. There was a time where we had to go outside of the city to showcase our talents because establishments were afraid of it. Now, we all can connect and flourish in our hometown, and there are tons of us. I love it.

AT: What can people expect from tonight’s show?
Trills: People can expect a very euphonious ride, that’s for sure. Also an introduction to some really cool artists, lots of fun, and the great food that Burger Walla provides.

AT: How can we stay on top of you work?
Trills: I just launched last week and it is a new and improved website from the last — almost everything I do is now easily accessible in one place. I hope everyone enjoys it.

Follow Trills on Twitter @trillytrills and on Instagram @lushlifetrills. Featured image via Trills.

10 August activities to make the most of your summer in Newark

There’s one more full month of summer, and the City of Newark is filling August with dozens of activities to make the most of the rest of the season. “Summer Fun in the City” is an initiative offering arts and culture, athletic, educational, and empowering activities for a variety of ages throughout all of Newark’s wards.

Last year Summer Fun and Fall Fun in the City served more than 20,000 residents of Newark, and this year the City is looking for just as many participants and support through volunteers and supplies to make the events a success.

Have a look through the Summer Fun brochure below, but first check out a preview of 10 activities the community can enjoy in the City this August.

1) Step back in time at the Classic Film Festival in Military Park

Military Park has already screened classics such as “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Grapes of Wrath,” but residents can still watch the following screenings from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturday, August 1 – “Cabin in the Sky”
Tuesday, August 4 – “Bingo Long and the Traveling All Stars”
Saturday, August 8 – “On The Waterfront”
Tuesday, August 11 – “Let’s Do it Again”
Saturday, August 15 – “Casablanca”
Tuesday, August 18 – “The Maltese Falcon”
Saturday, August 22 – “Uptown Saturday Night”
Tuesday, August 25 – “The Spook that Sat by the Door”
Tuesday, September 1 – “The Great Dictator”

There will also be Wednesday movie nights from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. throughout various locations in different Newark wards.

2) Play basketball at midnight at the Newark YMCA
Midnight Basketball will take place in Newark’s Central Ward at the YMCA from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on July 30, August 7, August 14, August 21 and August 28.
Basketball fans should also register for the “Shaquille O’Neal Believe in Newark 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.” This event will take place on Broad Street in front of City Hall at 12 p.m. on August 15, with the second round on August 16. Tournament registration is August 8 and 9 at recreation centers and Centers of Hope citywide.
3) Compete at the Locals Skate Jam and Contest 
There will be a skate clinic, locals skate jam and contest at the Jesse Allen Skate Park on August 2 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Washington Park will add a BBQ to that lineup on August 16, and Shorty’s will also have “Morning Skate Yoga,” a BBQ and concert to finish out the series on August 30 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

4) Play Street Hockey with the New Jersey Devils 

“Family Fun Street Hockey and Games with the New Jersey Devils,” the state’s NHL team, will be held on July 30, August 6, 13, 20 and 27 at various locations throughout all of Newark’s wards from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

5) Paint a Peace Mural across the City 
“The Peace Mural Project: Arts Music and More” continues throughout the city at Hyatt Court on August 19 in the East Ward, Kearney Street on August 21 in the North Ward, and Stratford Place on August 26 in the South Ward from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

6) Sign up for one of the many themed youth “Mini Camps”
The City is offering several different youth camps that will run Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. each week in August, with various themes for each camp. Some of the themes include “Poetry in Motion,” “Earth Angels,” “Yoga Camp,” “Eco-Art Camp,” and leadership camps.

7) Garden with the Greater Newark Conservancy  
fresh produce
The environmental and conservation organization, the Greater Newark Conservancy, will be holding gardening days and a farm stand on August 3, 10, 21 and 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. throughout different locations across the city.

8) Eat and play at the Soccer in the City and BBQ
Newark residents can play a match of soccer together on many days throughout the rest of the summer, either in the afternoon from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., or the evening from4 p.m. to 9 p.m., in each of the City’s wards. These games and BBQs will take place on July 30, August 1, 4, 8, 12, 15 and 20.

9) Come together with the community for City Festivals 
The City will celebrate several different events such as Georgia King Day on August 15, Summer Fun Community Day on August 17, 7th Avenue Festival on August 20, Family Fun Day on August 25, and Back to School Fest on August 29. There will be a “Newark Kids Rock Concert and Family Event” in Mildred Helms Park on August 1from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

10) Occupy the City with an anti-violence walk and rally  

City officials and community members will come together on August 8 at 4 p.m. to march against violence throughout each of the City’s wards, where they will then meet at a rallying point downtown. There will also be a “24 Hours of Peace” initiative on August 28 to August 29 from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Clinton Avenue in the South Ward.

For more information on any of these events, look through the brochure below or call 973-733-6706.

Featured images courtesy of the City of Newark. 

Mark your calendars: Five Newark History Society events for the City’s 350th birthday

It won’t be long before autumn rolls around, and the Newark History Society is gearing up for the City’s 350th anniversary with new upcoming programs. If you like planning ahead, here is a sneak peak of what the season will offer.

1) Celebrations in Newark: 1916-2016

“Kickoff to Newark 350 with a review of how Newark celebrated its past over the last century.”

Moderator: Walt Chambers
Presenters: Martin Minner (illustrated talk on 1916); Jeff Moy (illustrated talk, largely on 1966); John Johnson, Jr. (brief report on plans for 2016)

October 19, at 6 p.m. at NJPAC

2) Music in Early 20th Century Newark and the Rise of Jerome Kern and Ralph Rainger, Newark’s Academy-Award Winning Composers

“This program will take place close to the 70th anniversary of Jerome Kern’s death.”

Presenter: Guy Sterling

November 16, at 6 p.m. at New Jersey Historical Society.

3) Newark’s Jewish Frontier: Weequahic and its High School

“Known as Newark’s ‘Jewish Frontier,’ Weequahic was home to 35,000 Jewish residents from the 1930s to the 1960s. Homes built on farm lots, known as Lyons Farms, attracted the city’s upwardly mobile Jewish families. Weequahic High School still remains at the heart of the community, drawing generations of alumni for annual reunions and events.”

Presenter: Linda Forgosh. (Co-sponsored by Women’s Association of NJPAC)

March 14, 2016, at 6 p.m. at NJPAC.

4) Puritans, Protestors, and Patriots: Newark in the Colonial Period

“After a group of Puritans settled Newark in 1666, their approach to governing their town, establishing property ownership, and worshipping God led to running conflicts and only occasional agreement with supporters of royal prerogative who governed New Jersey. These conflicts sometimes led to protests and even riots, and it took the American Revolution to finally settle key issues.”

Presenter: Timothy Crist

April 18, 2016, 6 p.m. at NJPAC.

5) Progressives and Reformers: Newark Takes the Lead

“Panel Discussion about why Newark was at its most aspirational at the turn of the 20th century and how the City came together to tackle educational reform, take on key infrastructure projects, and create new cultural institutions.”

Moderator: George Robb
Panelists: Steven Diner, former Chancellor, Rutgers-Newark; Ezra Shales, Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Elizabeth Aaron, Principal, Columbia High School, South Orange/Maplewood

June 20, 2016, 6 p.m. at NJPAC.

Stay tuned for more program announcements throughout the fall season as the city prepares for its big anniversary milestone.

Featured image by Flickr user army.arch via Creative Commons

#LPMF10: 10th Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival recap

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Newarkers called on to sign petition and “Occupy the City” this August to stand against violence

City of Newark community members and elected officials are calling on Newarkers to unite against violence during the “Occupy the City” march and rally on Saturday, August 8th at 4 p.m. Community members can note their support for the effort by signing this petition confirming their attendance at the rally.

This event is meant to raise awareness of Newark’s anti-violence movement by engaging the community in all of the city’s five wards in a peaceful protest walk, culminating in a group rally.

Five locations throughout Newark have been designated as meet-up points, due to being identified as areas of increased or high illegal activity. Marchers should meet at one of these meet-up locations at 3:30 p.m., where they will proceed together to a rallying point in downtown Newark.

The meet up locations for each ward and the corresponding contact information is as follows:

    • North Ward: Victoria Avenue and Cutler Street | Contact:  Daniel Figueroa at 201-566-6097
    • South Ward: Brunswick Street and Astor Street | Contact: Stacie Hillsman at 973-715-3629
    • East Ward: Pennington Court | Contact: Ligia deFreitas at 201-566-3137
    • West Ward: 15th Street and 15th Avenue | Contact: Marques-Aquil Lewis at  201-566-5108
    • Central Ward: Central Avenue and 9th Street | Contact: Al’Tarik Onque 201-463-6371

“Occupy the City” is an expansion of the “Occupy the Block” initiative launched earlier this year, which involved Mayor Baraka calling on residents to “retake” public space through community engagement to force out illegal activity.

Occupy the City’s social media posts can be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Featured image courtesy of the City of Newark.

‘Million People’s March Against Police Brutality’ to be held tomorrow in Newark

Around 2,000 people have already pledged to turn out for the “Million People’s March Against: Police Brutality, Racial Injustice and Income Inequality” in Newark this weekend, in the wake of the many instances of ongoing police brutality throughout the United States that have sparked anger, frustration, and calls for sweeping reform.

The People’s Organization for Progress (POP) is holding this protest on Saturday July 25 at 12 p.m., beginning at the “Seated Lincoln” sculpture at Essex County Courthouse in Newark. The monument is located at the corners of Springfield Avenue and West Market Street.

The march will protest the “unwarranted and unjustified killing of unarmed people, the use of excessive force, the violation of people’s constitutional rights, racist and discriminatory practices, criminal activity, corruption and misconduct, increased militarization of police forces, and the failure of the criminal justice system to hold police accountable,” according to POP Chairman Lawrence Hamm.

In addition to police brutality, the march will also be calling for an end to the racial injustice and economic inequality which lead to circumstances that result in police brutality.

“For decades attempts have been made to reform the police,” Hamm said. “These efforts have only been successful when tremendous sustained political and social pressure have been brought to bear upon the appropriate government institutions.”

This march will join in with the many others that have been held throughout the country to protest the ongoing and increasingly visible – thanks to the ubiquitous presence of cameras in phones – problem of police brutality, such as the march held in New York City last December where tens of thousands of supporters turned out.


There will be parking available in the Essex County Jurors Parking Facility located on 13th Avenue on the side of the Essex County Court Building at 465 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Newark. Visit here to learn more about the national Million People’s March movement, and here to learn more about this POP march in Newark.

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Fun for the whole family at ‘Garlic Palooza’ in Newark

Learn all about the health benefits of garlic, create garlic crafts and sample delicious garlic recipes, including garlic hummus and garlic scape pesto, at Garlic Palooza. Free and fun for the whole family, the event is being hosted by Greater Newark Conservancy at its Hawthorne Hawks Healthy Harvest Farm, 446 Hawthorne Avenue, across from the Hawthorne Avenue Elementary School in Newark’s South Ward on Saturday, August 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fresh produce from the Conservancy’s urban farms in the city, including garlic, will also be available for sale at the Newark Youth Leadership Project’s (NYLP) Youth Farm Stand.

Proudly named by Hawthorne Avenue students, the 2.5 acre site was formerly a vacant lot awaiting construction of a new school. In addition to garlic, the urban farm includes rows of eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, beans, squash, and melons, and an orchard with more than 75 fruit trees including apple, peach, pear, fig and cherry. All are grown free of pesticides by the Conservancy’s staff with the help of hundreds of residents, Newark Youth Leadership Project interns, participants in the Conservancy’s Clean & Green program and numerous volunteers.

In addition, for $10 a year, residents can “rent” one of over 200 raised 4’ x 8’ beds at the farm to grow their own vegetables through the Conservancy’s Plot it Fresh program. Newark Fresh produce grown at the farm is also available for sale at the Conservancy’s Youth Farm Stands in Newark.

Founded in 1987, Greater Newark Conservancy’s mission is to promote environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities through environmental education, community gardening, urban farming, beautification of neighborhoods, job training opportunities and environmental justice.

To RSVP for the event, for more information about Greater Newark Conservancy’s programs and services, to volunteer or to make a donation call 973.642.4646 or visit Follow news from the Conservancy through social media at plus Twitter and Instagram – @Citybloom87.

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