Four Express Newark Partners receive Creative Catalyst Grant from the City of Newark

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Artistic Passion & Purpose

Mayor Ras J. Baraka today announced the recipients of the Creative Catalyst Fund awards to provide artists and art groups with flexible grant support during the Coronavirus crisis and beyond.

“Our strategy to help Newark residents and businesses get through the pandemic includes attention to the health of the arts community, inclusive of small businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as our arts and cultural organizations. I appeal to foundations, businesses and private funders to join us in creating innovative strategies and public/private partnerships for funding the arts sector,” Mayor Baraka added.

The Fund will provide up to $1 million annually for at least the next three years, beginning with $750,000 provided by the City of Newark and $50,000 donated by the Community Foundation of New Jersey to seed the initiative. Contributions can be made through Newark Arts.

The four Express Newark Partners who received grants are Artistic Passion & Purpose, New Arts Justice, Paul Robeson Galleries, and Shine Portrait Studio.  ADDITIONALLY, others who are affiliated with Express Newark also received grants including Community Media Center resident, LeRon Lee; and Express Newark’s inaugural Co-Director and artist, Victor Davson.  Congratulations to all and may the Newark Arts continue to thrive!