Community Workshops Conducted by Artistic Passion and Purpose at Express Newark Now Open for Registration

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Artistic Passion and Purpose (APP) today announced open registration of its new schedule of courses at Express Newark (54 Halsey Street, second floor). Courses cost $10 per session and cover a variety of topics including makeup, vocal lessons, dancercise, sewing, and more. All of the courses are open to the public but registration is required at
Artistic Passion and Purpose (APP) is a nonprofit organization of Newark-based creatives who endeavor to encourage, embrace, and empower the community through sewing, hairstyling, skincare, voice, dance, fitness, and self-expression. APP consists of individuals who fill a void in the city of Newark by providing a vehicle for artistic development and freedom expression. Its work at Express Newark bridges community gaps and fosters open, loving, and effective dialogue to strengthen constituencies from surrounding areas.
“Our overall goal is to ensure easy access to Newark residents of certain instructional services, which we offer for free or at discounted rates,” said Michael De’Von, director of APP. “Our aim is to make sure participants who engage with our program have an opportunity to gain skills and expertise that can be applied to their personal lives and careers.” 
APP offers courses throughout the year. Interested persons should visit regularly for new offerings and follow APP on Facebook at and Instagram at . APP also can be contacted directly at
About Express Newark
Occupying 50,000 square feet of the renovated, historic Hahne & Company building in the heart of Newark’s downtown, Express Newark is the Rutgers University-Newark community arts collaboratory – a third space that is neither the community nor the university, where artists and community residents convene, experiment, and innovate in partnership with faculty, staff, and students to nurture talent, cultivate engaged scholarship, and promote social practice.  
Currently, Express Newark has more than 80 contributors. Its partners include Artistic Passion and Purpose, Community Media Center, Design Consortium, Form Design Studio, Humanities Action Lab, Institute of Jazz Studies, NewAnce, New Arts Justice, Newest Americans, Paul Robeson Galleries, Shine Portrait Studio, Visual Means, and XPress. Located at 54 Halsey Street, Express Newark’s neighbors in the Hahne & Company building include Marcus B&P restaurant, Whole Foods, Kite & Key computer store, Launch Pad co-working space, Barnes & Nobles, various other businesses, and 160 residential apartments.  
To learn more about the Hahne & Company building, visit