How does culture influence the artistic process?

How does culture impact a community? Each of us has our own thoughts, perceptions, behaviors, and expressions based on our lived experience. Adopting a cross-cultural perspective starts with listening and learning from others who are different from us, and appreciating the beauty of how they experience and show up in the world.

The Newark Arts Festival 2023 signature exhibition, open to the public from September 27 through October 29, will provide Cross Cultural Perspectives in a truly powerful way: through the visual arts. This poignant exhibition will enhance each attendee’s cultural experience by providing a rich bounty of diverse viewpoints, artistic mediums, and voices to be valued.

The exhibition is co-curated by Adrienne Wheeler, Visual Artist and Independent Curator, and Atteqa Ali, Associate Curator, Arts of Global Asia at The Newark Museum of Art. It will feature artworks by a remarkable roster of 90+ artists from Newark and beyond. Participating artists will include: Cecilia Martinez, Marina Carreira, Doune Clermont, Allison Capel, Nette Forné Thomas, Timothy Simmons, Sherwin Banfield, Theda Sandiford, Antoinette Ellis-Wiliams, Anonda Bell, Cathleen McCoy Bristol, France Garrido, Kervin Andre, Fausto Sevila, Ida Ochoteco, Gregg Banks, Beau McCall, Kathleen Heron, Patricia Dahlman, Kirk Maynard, Paula Neves, Aubrey J. Kauffman, Sandra Charlap, M.Malcolm King, Ife’ East, Ameerah Shabazz, Sue Eldridge Ward, Martryce Roach, Joseph Eze, Simone Bailey Campbell, Caren King Choi, K. Eleven Muldrow, Melisa Gerecci, M’nard Derosena, Ron EA Powell, Beth Heit, Kay Reese, K Brown, Maria Estela, Dionne Jackson, Josephine Barreiro, Nathan Williams, Fatou Ridgird, Anthony Akanbi, Manman Huang, Terry Boddie, Armisey Smith, Kween Moore, Eric Valosin, Tiara Fitch, Ricardo Osmondo Francis, Malik Whitaker, Rachel Fawn Alban, Serron Green, David James, Yvonne Onque, Teena Soni, Suliman Onque, Anibal Padilla, Samad Onque, Denise Toney, Dawn Tighe, Jazlyne Wooden, Gwen Charles, Darryl Dwayne, Samantha Treadwell, Emanuele Cacciatore, Devin Alexander, Amira Rogers, Rebecca Goyette, Kortez Artist, Cali Smith, Elizabeth Menzie, Devynity Wray, Judyann Affronti, Linda Street, Terence Grimsley aka Alkhem Eternal, Anniyah Bilal, Stephen B. Ellis, Dominique Duroseau, Maimouna Sow, Anker West, Luisa Fernanda Pinzon Romero, Mashell Black, Heather Williams, Ziui Chen Vance, Anne Dushanko Dobek, Frank Soto, Patricia Andrea Patzi, David Christopher Orrell, Kilolo Kumanyika, Dennis Chima Dike, Vazquez, Diana Candelejo, Pam Owens, Juan Giraldo, Dominant Dansby, Danielle Scott, Yasmine Barboza, and Anindita Dutta.

Each Fall, Newark Arts Festival (“NAF”) showcases Newark’s dynamic and diverse arts and culture sector over four days of events, programs and nightlife. Produced by Newark Arts and powered by Prudential Foundation, NAF amplifies the voices of established and emerging artists, gallerists and creative entrepreneurs in New Jersey’s largest city. Twice named New Jersey’s Favorite Visual Arts Festival, this free community event promotes and highlights the offerings of creatives throughout the entire city, including film, dance, theatre, poetry, and arts education.