Creation Nation 2018

Hundreds of Newark Public School Students Participate in Art and Peace Parade

[NEWARK, New Jersey, July 3, 2018] Hundreds of Newark Public School students again this year participated in The Annual Creation Nation Art and Peace Parade, now in its 11th year. The parade has become a staple in Newark’s cultural landscape – this year’s theme was “Strong Women of Newark.” The annual march for art, peace and community, is also a celebration of the young people in Newark.

“Creation Nation” Art and Peace Parade is a spectacular moving exhibition through the arts of issues and topics important to the young people of Newark,” said Roger León, Superintendent of Newark Public Schools. “I want to thank the Barat’s, our students, teachers, administrators and parents, who continue to find Creation Nation and parade, not just an event, but a movement that is important to today’s young people and the city of Newark.”

According to Parade organizers, the Barat Foundation, this year’s parade joined forces with the Riverfront Revival’s Walk to the Water on River Day, celebrating the arts as an integral part of health and wellness. This year’s parade began at the NJ Performing Arts Center and ended at Riverfront Park where the annual arts festival was held in celebration of River Day.

The parade is a city-wide collaboration involving Newark Public Schools, Newark Arts, the Newark Riverfront Revival, NJPAC, the Office of the Mayor, Rutgers Newark, The Thomas Edison Foundation, the Newark Tourist and Visitors Bureau, Pennoni Inc, the Victoria Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and dozens of community organizations, business and churches.

According to the Founders, the parade is the culmination and celebration of the year’s art making in Newark schools and community organizations, and features the Barat Foundation signature, “Animodule” sculptures.

The Creation Nation Peace Parade was founded by Gary and Chandri Barat. For more information about the Barat’s visit them on line at