Express Newark announces ‘Artistic Passion and Purpose’ residency
Published February 12, 2019 | Manny Faces
Back row (l-r): Michelle Andrews-White, Jameel Moore, Tanika Green Front row (l-r): Michael De’Von, Margie Mia X Johnson, Rah’Sheedah Nicole Not shown: James Hall, Arthur Thorton, Fiona A. Best
Express Newark, an interdisciplinary learning space located in Downtown Newark’s Hahne & Co. building, has announced its newest Third Space Residency, selecting Artistic Passion and Purpose, an initiative that “promotes the development of creative enterprise and self-representation through unique and eclectic forms and media.”
Residency partners receive approximately 800 square feet of space, operating funds and project support up to $30,000, business development assistance, as well as access to Rutgers University-Newark and City of Newark resources and communities.
“Both Victor [Davson, Co-Director] and I are incredibly excited to welcome Artistic Passion and Purpose to the Express Newark family,” shared Co-Director Anne Schaper Englot. “They are each amazing and accomplished professionals who are eager to share their artistic talents and experience with all of Newark.”
Led by renowned hairstylist Michael De’Von, Artistic Passion and Purpose plans to “use workshops, tutorials, panel discussions, exhibitions, demonstrations, and other events to help individuals construct their identities through music, fashion, cosmetology, dance, health and wellness, and physical fitness.”
Others on the team include Assistant Director Margie Johnson, makeup artist Tanika Green, platform artist Rah’Sheeda Nicole, sewer/tailor Jameel Moore, vocalist James Hall, Zumba/fitness instructor Michelle Andrews-White, and dance instructors Arthur Thorton and Fiona A. Best.
Artistic Passion and Purpose bested five other applicants to be awarded the residency vacated by Newark Print Shop, which occupied the space for the past two years. Express Newark reports that the residency helped grow the organization’s capacity, visibility, and viability.
“We wish the Newark Print Shop continued success and growth,” stated Englot. “We are confident they have acquired the appropriate tools to sustain their operations and programs.”
To learn how to get involved with EN and its many projects, contact Assistant Director Crystal Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-353-0750.