Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival, Newark Arts’ signature celebration of the arts,was one for the agews in Newark, New Jersey. Over a span of four inspiring days, Newark’s bustling arts scene exploded with an jaw dropping array of exhibits, screenings, workshops, artist talks, performances, readings, open houses and more!

Don't miss Open Doors Festival 2018

Glambassador Open Doors Bar Crawl
Four nights. Four clusters. Four unique guided experiences. Hop from amazing galleries and art venues to the city's top bars and lounges, all while experiencing entertainment, lively conversation and laughs alongside Newark’s Creative Class. A different itinerary every night! WEEKLONG BAR CRAWL PASSPORT $75. CRAWL BY DAY $20.

Fownders Gallery | Oct 12 | 9PM - midnight
The University Heights Cluster will come alive during an Opening Reception for a solo exhibit by the internationally renowned artist, Danny Simmons, who will activate in the Fownders Gallery, a brand new participant in Open Doors. Free with RSVP.

Arts High School Group Show – Student & Teacher Exhibition
Opening Reception
Thursday, October 12th, 2017   4PM-7PM
In The Atrium | Arts High School | 550 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
The Atrium, located inside the oldest public arts high school in the country, is proud to present an exhibition of Newark students and teachers. This opening will include a student installation that resembles a large chess set called “Your Move”. It is made up of 2d and 3d artwork of over 50 students. The theme represents the good and bad choices we make in life. Students will also be playing chess around the installation and students will also present poetry.  

Willie Cole: Made in Newark
Curated by M.Gosser.
Opening Reception
Thursday, October 12th, 2017   6PM-9PM
CoAD Gallery at NJIT | 367 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
CoAD Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of Newark native and internationally acclaimed artist Willie Cole. Born in Newark, NJ, Willie Cole is a noted contemporary American sculptor, printer, and conceptual and visual artist. His work uses contexts of postmodern eclecticism, and combines references and appropriation from African and African-American imagery. Finding beauty in the commonplace is one of Willie Cole’s strengths. His ability to rejigger the consumer world around us into something more fantastic creates the illusion that his art springs from the mystical intersection of folk culture, utility, design, contemporary art, and mythology.  This exhibition will focus on Willie Cole’s large-scale sculpture/installations which use recycled plastic bottles in creative and expressive ways. There will also be older works on display to illuminate the path Mr. Cole has taken to get to this point in his career.


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Murals and Martinis | Oct 14 | 11AM - 3PM
Take a VIP tour bus ride with a Newark Arts vibe! See an amazing array of public art while enjoying light bites and "adult" sippy cups en route. We'll end with a post-tour cocktail reception and sneak preview of the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center before it even opens! Early bird tickets are just $75.

Open Doors Kids | Oct 14 | 10AM - 3PM
The newest initiative of Newark Arts' mission to power the arts to transform lives, Open Doors Kids is a guide to programming that will engage youth and families through age-appropriate arts and cultural activities at NJPAC, Newark Museum, Newark Public Library, Newark Print Shop and more! Complete schedule to be announced!

Sound + Bombing. Music. Art. Skate | Oct 14 | Noon - 5PM
The first annual Open Doors Sound+Bombing event is where art meets skate culture! Hosted in partnership with the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, this event will be held at a secret location to be announced to those who RSVP

A Conversation With... | Oct 15 | 10AM - 12PM
Get inspired at a moderated conversation with internationally renowned abstract-expressionist painter and founder and Vice Chairman of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Rush Arts Gallery, Danny Simmons and special guest to be announced! Tickets are just $45.

Rodney Gilbert

Lauren Craig

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