The Newark Board of Education's young and emerging artists will be showcased in two exciting exhibits during the Newark Arts Festival 2023. The first exhibit, "Bridging Borders: Embracing Cross-Cultural Perspectives," features the creativity of high school students from the District's Culture Creators: High School Visual Arts summer enrichment program. The exhibit opened on September 27th at The Newark Museum of Art from 6:00pm-9:00pm, in conjunction with the Newark Arts Festival opening night program. The artworks on display were created during a rigorous five-week enrichment program guided by esteemed art educators, Dr. Comfort Ndukwe and Hakim Smith. The exhibit emphasizes the importance of embracing diverse cultural perspectives to promote empathy, tolerance, and unity in our interconnected world. The artwork will be on display through October 30th.
A second exhibit celebrating middle school students’ creative journey in the NBOE Summer Visual and Performing Arts Academy will be hosted at the Greater Newark Conservancy, Saturday, September 30th from 10:00am-1:00pm, coinciding with Open Door Kids during the Newark Arts Festival. The exhibit theme, "Unlocking Our Potential," will showcase various 2D and 3D artworks, including paintings, prints, and drawings. These artworks were created during the five-week intensive enrichment program under the guidance of Newark Public Schools' highly talented art educators, Timothy Carr and Sandra Meyer. The program allowed young artists to engage in social-emotional learning activities, explore various artistic disciplines, and cultivate a profound appreciation for the arts. The artwork will remain on display through October 5th from 9:00am-3:00pm.