Newark Arts, one of the city’s prominent organizations championing equitable arts development, has announced the launch of Newark Creates: A Community Cultural Plan. The plan is a manifesto to distinguish Newark as a City of the Arts by expanding resources to bolster support for residents, artists, and art organizations who sustain the city’s cultural history and thriving $178M arts economy.
On behalf of the City of Newark, leaders at Newark Arts conducted more than 30 meetings and forums over 18 months, with community members, artists, organizations, and government stakeholders. The sessions strategized how the city can thrive with arts and culture. Outcomes of the plan promote civic, social, and economic growth, and advance increased creation, production, and availability of arts and culture. The plan’s implementation will be a collaborative effort led by Newark Arts that encourages more funding, space and coordination.