Newark’s Women & Their Essential Role on Full Display in the Multi-Facade Mural ‘The Golden Life’ by Armisey Smith + Rachel Fawn Alban

 

 

 

The Golden Life ~ Portraits of Denise Toney, Antoinette Ellis-Williams, and Tamia Thomas. Photo credit: Rachel Fawn Alban

Project for Empty Space, in collaboration with the City of Newark’s Division of Arts and Culture, created by Newark-based artists Armisey Smith and Rachel Fawn Alban, has transformed the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Interstate 280 off-ramp in Newark, New Jersey and presenting their latest mural titled “The Golden Life”. This came together after the two creatives hosted a free art making workshop in the spring of 2023 that invited women and girls of all ages to participate in the creation of the artwork.

When our friend, Rachel Fawn Alban told us about this project, we couldn’t resist a leap across the Hudson for a view of The Golden Life, just in time for Women’s History Month.

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Villa Albertine & Centre Pompidou Launch ‘Night of Ideas’ in Jersey City, March 1st

 

 

 

 

Villa Albertine, Night of Ideas. Photo credit: Elizabeth Leitzell

Villa Albertine, Centre Pompidou, and Hudson County Community College (HCCC), with the support of the City of Jersey City, today announced the Night of Ideas, to be presented at HCCC on March 1, 2024 from 6pm to 1am. For the first time, this free and open-to-all event comes to Jersey City, one of the fastest growing and most diverse urban centers in the US, as well as the future home of the Centre Pompidou’s first American branch. Interactive, celebratory, and content-rich, the Night of Ideas invites thought leaders and the public to engage together around major global issues through a festival of debate, performances, readings, and more. 

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The Newark Arts Festival 2023: Cross Cultural Perspectives ~ September 27th

 

 

 

Image credit: M’nard Derosena, Birth Marked, 2022

How does culture influence the artistic process? How does culture impact a community? Each of us has our own thoughts, perceptions, behaviors, and expressions based on our lived experience. Adopting a cross-cultural perspective starts with listening and learning from others who are different from us, and appreciating the beauty of how they experience and show up in the world.

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Jaume Plensa: Water’s Soul ~ a Permanent Installation in Newport Pier Park, NJ

 

 

 

Jaume Plensa: Water’s Soul, 2020. Image courtesy Richard Gray Gallery. In this image, the enormity of the sculpture is captured in the scale of the pedestrians in the Park.

While we generally stay within our five boroughs, a very noticeable sculpture caught our eye In Jersey City’s Newport Pier Park. It is the permanent installation, by Internationally-known artist Jaume Plensa, entitled Water’s Soul.

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