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With the support of the City of Newark’s Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs and Central Ward Councilwoman LaMonica McIver, this immersive market space was developed to create a space for commerce, boosting the visibility of nearby businesses, elevating and empowering local creative initiatives, and bringing residents and returning commuters back together to celebrate and activate downtown Newark.
Murals | Market | Music will engage residents, local businesses, and our community as a whole with opportunities for safe summer fun and space to source fresh, locally grown food, resources, and more! I am thrilled to welcome ALL Newarkers to the Central Ward to be a part of these exciting festivities." - Councilwoman McIver.
The partnering organizations, artists, and participating vendors all create with the community in mind. From food justice to urban farming, to social justice-focused arts organizations and musicians, this cohort of collaborators seeks to bring a program that is driven by intention and service.
Each event will feature a partnership with a local arts organization. On Saturday, July 5th New Arts Justice will present Will You Be My Monument: An Ode to Black Girlhood. On Saturday, July 10th, ImVisible Newark will present We Are Home.
The inaugural iteration of the program on June 5th will provide a robust schedule of events.
New Arts Justice will activate the entire north end of Treat Place throughout the day. Will You Be My Monument: An Ode to Black Girlhood aims to address and redress the ways in which public monuments reproduce racial and gender violence as well as promote dialogue and activism, in real-time, around our history of colonization and slavery, and demands for racial justice and gender equality today. Inspired by the mural Will You Be Monument, a collaboration between designer Chantal Fischzang and photographer Scheherazade Tillet, New Arts Justice at Express Newark hopes this activation will enhance contemporary conversations about the ongoing (in)visibility of Black girls and young women in the United States by providing
various art interventions and conversations—including a portrait session of Black girls in Newark with Scheherazade Tillet, 3D scans and printing of community members as their own monuments with designer Keary Rosen, and a performance by the Floyd Little Double Dutch Team.
The marketplace, organized by Urban Agriculture Cooperative, will feature fresh spring vegetables, fruits, bread, and honey from Newark and New Jersey-based farms. Ironbound Community Corporation’s Down Bottom Farms will join with their Housing Justice team, and Rabbit Hole Farm, an herb and tea-blend purveyor with a vibrant community garden in Newark’s South Ward, will hold an early morning yoga session. Alongside the market, a mutual aid initiative will launch, called Support a Family and a Farmer. This will give visitors the opportunity to extend fresh, locally-grown, healthy food to Newark families-in-need for just $15 a household.
Visitors to the market will enjoy Gramps Kitchen, a food truck specializing in French-Caribbean cuisine, in addition to local favorites like Divino’s Tasting Lounge. The Source of Knowledge Bookstore will extend their bookstore into Treat Place and host an author talk and book signing by New Arts Justice director Salamishah Tillet (In Search of The Color Purple) and Newark’s very own Jasmine Mans (Call Home, Black Girl). Local artists will offer a plethora of handmade objects and goods for sale. Live music and performances will occur throughout the day. Special guests include Daria Jones and Tia Holt. Activities will be provided for all ages. A full schedule can be found at fourcornerspublicarts.org.
The June 5th program is made possible by The City of Newark’s Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Office of Councilwoman LaMonica McIver, The Four Corners Public Arts Partnership and Sponsors, Urban Agriculture Cooperative, New Arts Justice, and the Form Design Studio at Express Newark, Newark Arts, the Love Your Block Grant, and the Victoria Foundation.