Newark Arts has announced the awardees of its annual mini-grant program, ArtStart, for the year 2020-2021. The ArtStart program supports organizations and individuals who create music, dance, theatre, film, visual and/or literary art projects to benefit the residents and neighborhoods of Newark. Fifteen winning proposals will be awarded a total of $45,000. The awardees represent all five of Newark’s wards and include five programs specifically aimed at young children, aged 0-5.
“ArtStart grants represent the heart and soul of our organizational mission, which is to power the arts to transform lives in the city of Newark,” said Newark Arts Executive Director Jeremy Johnson. “We are truly grateful to be able to seed these important programs during a time when our most vulnerable community members are in need of the joy, inspiration and expression that art brings.”
ArtStart was established in 2001, with the mission to nurture arts and cultural activities throughout the city of Newark, especially for youth and under-served populations. Since its inception, Newark Arts has made over 150 ArtStart grants, totaling more than $500,000. This year’s class of awardees represent the most diverse class of programming yet.