HELP SAVE THE ARTS!SUPPORT THE ANNUAL NEWARK CREATION NATION ART & PEACE PARADE AND DOCUMENTARY FILM
WE MARCH FOR ART
On May 11, 2017 Newark took to the streets and marched for ART and PEACE, and we are asking for your support. We are asking for your support not only for the parade and youth performing arts festival that followed, but also for a documentary film of the parade that is being created. The documentary, which will highlight the progress the city has made over the past 50 years since the 1967 uprising, will be shown throughout the public school system and beyond. The film will greatly expand the reach of the event to tens of thousands of urban youth in the city. Newark's youth will get to see themselves, and show their brothers and sisters all over the country, that they can all be positive forces of change.ART IS CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP FUND:
•A documentary post-parade film "Newark 50 Years Forward", highlighting the parade and the city's exciting cultural and artistic growth.
•Stipends for Newark Public School Marching Bands
•Stipends for Artists
•Prizes for winning student art works
•Youth Performing Arts Festival: Stage and Sound System
•Creators Clubs - Free and Open to the public Saturday Art Making Workshops.
•VideoCELEBRATING "NEWARK 50 YEARS FORWARD"
The parade, led by five marching bands, hundreds of Newark children and the Animodule™ sculptures, marks 50 years since the Newark Uprising of 1967, and celebrated the exciting progress Newark has made, and the explosion of creativity that is transforming Newark into an international center of art and culture.ART HEALS!ART IS REVITALIZATION
Over the past 50 years Newark has been transformed from the scene of a tragic uprising in 1967 to an international center of higher education, art and culture, and art has played a huge role. From the building of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, to the Newark Museum, to the Newark Library, to the city’s many expanding art galleries, to her 60,000 university and college students, Newark is on the move. Crime is down to historic lows; education, art, and culture are on the rise. ART IS TRANSFORMATION
We want to celebrate this transformation. In light of proposed cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Newark wants the country and the world to see how important the arts are to communities, and that diversity can create unity rather than disparity. CREATION NATION™:
BARAT FOUNDATION CREATION NATION
"PUBLIC ART BY THE PUBLIC"
Based in Newark, NJ, the Barat Foundation’s Creation Nation™ is dedicated to transforming lives and neighborhoods through community created public art we call “Public Art by the Public”. Our Animodule™ sculptures, a Newark original artform, are created by Newark children and youth working with artists in residence. They have been given the title of “Newark’s Official Peace Ambassadors” by the Office of the Mayor, as they represent the creativity and aspirations of the city’s youth. ANIMODULES™ - NEWARK'S NON-VIOLENT SUPER HEROES
Each year, the Animodules™ take their place of honor in the Creation Nation Art & Peace Parade, marching with the schools and communities that have created them, in a very public showing of the power of art to reflect, transform, regenerate, and rebuild. When not marching in the parade, they stand proudly in dozens of schools and community organizations throughout the city, at Turtleback Zoo, and at the Newark International Airport where they greet an estimated 500,000 visitors to the region each year.ART IS ECONOMIC PROSPERITY:
THE ART AND CULTURE INDUSTRY
Art is not an add-on. Art is not the icing on the cake. Art is the cake. We cannot speak about the “Creative Economy”, without highlighting the role of the Arts. Arts contributed over $704.2 billion to the US economy in 2013, and that number is steadily growing. That makes the art & culture industry larger than the construction industry, and larger than utilities. Over the 15-year period 1998 – 2013 arts and culture production grew by 32.5 percent. In 2013 the arts and cultural sector employed 4.7 million wage and salary workers earning $339 billion. Regarding exporting American culture, US Arts and Culture has run a trade surplus that’s grown every year since 2006. Try closing your eyes for a moment and imagine a world without art. It is simply impossible. ART IS UNITY
NEWARK CELEBRATES DIVERSITY
The 10th Annual Creation Nation Art & Peace Parade, followed by a youth performing arts festival, brings together the children and youth of the city, artists, teachers, schools, colleges, the office of the Mayor, the Police and Firefighters, galleries and stakeholders in a huge celebration of art, culture and diversity. The Cops are marching with the Kids! Newark is one of the most diverse cities in the nation, with the most diverse University in the nation, and out of this diversity has emerged a culture of art, resurgence, and renewal.
We sincerely appreciate your support. No contribution is too big or too small.
Be part of the Movement!