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Save the Date: March 8

Express Newark, an arts incubator conceived by Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) faculty, staff, students, and community arts leaders, is part of a bold plan to cultivate local artistic expression through community engagement and public scholarship.  Express Newark is both a partner to community arts organizations throughout the city’s socially, economically, and culturally diverse neighborhoods, and a home to RU-N video, photo, design and art classes. 

Express Newark, which opened in January, is hosting a series of monthly open houses to introduce the community to its partners and programs.  All are welcome, and the first open house is scheduled for March 8, from 6-9 p.m., featuring three Express Newark partners: Newest Americans, Shine Portrait Studio, and the Paul Robeson Gallery.  Come tour the facilities, located in the iconic building once occupied by the Hahne & Company department store, and meet some of the people who are making Express Newark a vibrant new neighbor in Newark.  Entrance to Express Newark is at 54 Halsey Street; information on the open house featured partners is below.

PARTNERS FEATURED ON MARCH 8

NAME OF EXPRESS NEWARK PARTNER
Newark Print Shop

Services offered
The Newark Print Shop’s programming includes Print Club Open Studio, printers in residence, membership, exhibitions, workshops, pop up print shop, and print parties.

Who is most likely to use these services

Individuals, community members, schools, and groups

Names of the participants/principals in Newark Print Shop

Founding Executive Director, Lisa Conrad (center in photo))

Co-founder and Master Printer, Samer Fouad (left in photo)

Co-founder, Stephen McKenzie

Location in Express Newark and hours of operation

54 Halsey St., Floor 2; Wednesday, 6-10 p.m. (print club); Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m – 4 p.m.; also by appointment

Contact Info

phone: 848/445-0445; email: info@newarkprinthshop.org

Web address/social media

www.newarkprintshop.org

www.instagram.com/newarkprintshop/

www.facebook.com/NewarkPrintShop/

Why did you want to be part of Express Newark?

We were approached for this project over two years ago by Ned Drew, professor of design at Rutgers-Newark, who had restored two Vandercook Letterpresses with Newark Print Shop Co-Founder Samer Fouad. The idea to activate the presses through a partnership with NPS spearheaded our involvement with Express Newark and we are excited to be the first community partner housed within this beautifully restored Hahne’s building. Express Newark, with all of the various studios such as the Design Consortium and Shine, affords the potential for dynamic, collaborative programming, which we are also very excited about.

 

NAME OF EXPRESS NEWARK PARTNER
SHINE PORTRAIT STUDIO

Services offered:

  • Complimentary portraits for Newark residents;
  • Studio space, high-end equipment and technical assistance offered free of charge to Newark artists, photographers, creative entrepreneurs and others;
  • Future photographic services will include: head shots, passports, retouching and preservation of family photographs, other;
  • Future programming proposals include guest speakers, group critiques, studio portraiture workshops, genealogy workshops;
  • Internship program for people interested in photography and socially engaged art;
  • Risograph book publishing for artists’ publications, chapbooks, graphic novels, etc.;
  • Ask! We’re committed to creating a space that serves your needs.

Who is most likely to use these services?
Newark artists, photographers, creative entrepreneurs, arts organizations and others

Names of the participants/principals in Shine
Director,
Nick Kline (right in photo above)
Program Coordinator, Daniel Johnson (left in photo above)

Location in Express Newark and hours of operation
Studio 319, Floor 3, Hours TBD (Contact us first)

Contact Info

848/445-0561; domkline@rutgers.edu

Web address/social media                             
Instagram: shine_portraitstudio

Why did you want to be part of Express Newark?
Shine is a group of programs and ideas activated through a working portrait photography studio that facilitates and supports the expression and self-representation of the Newark, New Jersey community. This mission is directly connected to Express Newark’s creation of a third-space.

Shine photo by Frank Barcelos

 

NAME OF EXPRESS NEWARK PARTNER
NEWEST AMERICANS/CENTER FOR MIGRATION AND THE GLOBAL CITY

(March 8, 6-9 p.m., is also the launch party for the Ironbound Issue of Newest Americans)

Services offered
Documentary Production

Who is most likely to use these services
Schools, organizations

Names of the participants/principals in Newest Americans/Center for Migration and the Global City

Tim Raphael, Kristina Micu, Shana Russell

Location in Express Newark and hours of operation
Room 419, 4th floor, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.                 

Contact Info
848/445-0547; Kristina.Micu@rutgers.edu

Web address/social media

Why did you want to be part of Express Newark?
Newest Americans wanted to be part of and housed in Express Newark because they both uphold the same goal of university-community collaboration.  Express Newark’s chief goal is to create spaces for all generations to tell their stories through multimedia. Like Express Newark, Newest Americans works alongside professional journalists, media-makers, artists, RU-N faculty and staff to research, produce and publicize stories that define the shifting national culture and chronicle the narratives of immigrant experience.

Image courtesy of Newest Americans          

 

NAME OF EXPRESS NEWARK PARTNER
PAUL ROBESON GALLERIES

Services offered

Exhibitions in three galleries:The Large Gallery, The Box Gallery, The Window Gallery

Education programs: Exhibition-based, hands-on education workshops scheduled as requested with schools, hospitals, senior centers, and other community groups.

 Public programs: Concerts, artist talks, curator tours, lectures, symposia, film screenings, and other events

Resource Library: The Hive, located at EN 314, is a non-lending library of art-related books and other materials accessible for perusal on-site.

                      Artist in Residency program

Gallery image courtesy of the Rutgers University Institute for Jazz Studies and is part of the Records on Display exhibition at Express Newark.

Who is most likely to use these services
Artists, non-artist individuals, non-Rutgers-affiliated individuals, Rutgers faculty/staff/students, Rutgers departments, community organizations (schools, health care facilities, senior centers, recreation centers, after school programs, etc.),

Names of the participants/principals

Director and Chief Curator Anonda Bell
Associate Director of Programs Caren King Choi

Gallery Manager Sarah Reiter
Program Assistant Patricia Arias-Reynolds

Location in Express Newark and hours of operation

  • Large Gallery – 307, 3rd floor
  • The Box Gallery – 323, , 3rd floor
  • The Window Gallery – 3rd floor
  • The Hive – 314, 3rd floor
  • Gallery Offices – 305, 3rd floor
  • Workshop 1 – 310, 3rd floor
  • Workshop 2 – 312, 3rd floor
  • Artist Studio – 417, 4th floor

                                                  

Contact Info
848/445-0507; galleryr@andromeda.rutgers.edu

Web address/social media

  • Artgallery.newark.rutgers.edu
  • Facebook.com/paulrobesongalleries
  • Instagram.com/paulrobesongalleries
  • Twitter.com/prgalleries
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Why did you want to be part of Express Newark?
Express Newark and the Paul Robeson Galleries share core mission values, such as accessibility, democratic dialogue, and collegial participation in the Newark arts ecosystem.  We are excited to be included in this groundbreaking initiative that dovetails with our activist approach towards art and education.