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.

The Newark Arts Festival 2023 signature exhibition, open to the public from September 27th through October 29th, will provide Cross Cultural Perspectives in a truly powerful way: through the visual arts. This poignant exhibition will enhance each attendee’s cultural experience by providing a rich bounty of diverse viewpoints, artistic mediums and voices to be valued.

Artist, Rachel Alban, the featured artist, is one of 90+ artists in  Cross Cultural Perspectives Exhibition, which will remain open through 29th. Follow Rachel Alban on Instagram.

Rachel Fawn Alban, Learning, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist.

The Newark Museum of Art and Newark Arts are pleased to announce Cross Cultural Perspectives, the signature exhibition of the 2023 Newark Arts Festival, a free, four-day celebration happening September 27th through October 1st. The exhibition opens on September 27th and features works by a roster of 90+ NJ artists and will be on-view through October 29th.

2022 Newark Museum of Art. Still from a video by Mouna Moussa.

Cross Cultural Perspectives is co-curated by Adrienne Wheeler, Visual Artist and Independent Curator, and Atteqa Ali, Associate Curator, Arts of Global Asia at The Newark Museum of Art. Inspired by the multiplicity of ideas behind Cross Cultural Perspectives, artworks in a wide range of media extend the theme into narratives of social justice, cultural identity, equality, the immigrant experience, and spiritual connections, among others. For the first time, the exhibition occupies not only the Special Exhibition Gallery, but also expansive spaces on the first floor of the Museum to house the grand scale of artistic expression across New Jersey. The Museum will also feature over 50 pieces of local student art as part of its Newark Arts Festival partnership. The Culture Creators High School Visual Art Exhibition will be housed in the Museum’s 2nd floor Program Hall.

Registered guests of the Newark Arts Festival will receive free entry to Cross Cultural Perspectives and the entire Museum during the four-day run of the Festival.



Newark Arts Festival 2023 Opening Night, September 27th from 6-9pm at The Newark Museum of Art, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ.

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