Save the Date: April 13

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 next open house is scheduled for April 13, from 6-9 p.m., featuring four Express Newark partners: Shine Portrait Studio, the Paul Robeson Galleries–now featuring ”Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies @50,” co-produced by the Institute of Jazz Studies – the RU-Newark Video Production Studio, and the Video Community Media Center.  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.




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)
Program Coordinator, Daniel Johnson (left)

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

Contact Info

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.



Photo: Ismay Duvivier’s scrapbook, circa 1927-1930. Part of the "Records at Play: The Institute of Jazz Studies at 50" exhibition at Express Newark; image courtesy of the Rutgers University Institute of Jazz Studies.

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

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

Web address/social media

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.



The Express Newark Community Media Center (CMC) and the Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) Video Production Program

Services offered
CMC: Video production classes for community, video editing facilities for community partners and residents

RU-N Video Production Program: Undergraduate degree in video production

Who is most likely to use these services
CMC is open to all; RU-N Video Production Program is for RU-N students

Names of the participants/principals
RU-N Video Production Program:
Program Director, Professor Edin Velez
Associate Professor, Kimi Takesue
Unit Computing Specialist, Michael Stachiw
Part Time Lecturer, Hector Canonge

Express Newark Community Media Center
Director, Edin Velez
Community Video Class Instructor, Makia Harper
Unit Computing Specialist, Michael Stachiw

Location in Express Newark and hours of operation
Fourth floor
RU-N Classes: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
CMC Classes: Wednesdays 6-10 p.m., Saturdays 12-4 p.m.

Web address/social media
RU-N Video Production Program:

Why did you want to be part of Express Newark?
To increase the interaction between the Newark community and the university as it pertains to media production.  

Photos: (top left) Edin Velez wih a student; right, Kimi Takesue

Above: Michael Stachiw with a group of student videographers