Wonder Woman Tapestry by Theda Sandiford, on view in the Spread Spectrum exhibit curated by Armisey Smith

Newark Arts Festival, powered by Prudential, celebrates its 18th year as a free citywide arts festival in New Jersey’s largest city this October 10 – 13, 2019. The theme ‘Year of The Woman’ will be interpreted through over 500 participating artists, over 100 events and happenings, 20+ galleries and pop-ups, and over 10,000 attendees.

Particularly known for must-see exhibits that generate fervent conversation around timely social issues, the Newark Arts Festival will feature A Call to Peace, presented by The New Arts Justice initiative at Rutgers University. Inspired by the recent discovery that Gutzon Borglum, sculptor of four of Newark’s most famous monuments and widely hailed for the creation of Mount Rushmore, was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, the exhibit involves renowned artists Jamel Shabazz, Chakaia Booker, Sonya Clark, and Manuel Acevedo. The artists will exhibit temporary monuments that engage with Borglum’s Wars of America monument in Military Park and seek to answer the question, “What is a timely monument for Newark?”

Among the exciting performances scheduled at this year’s festival, Newark-native and lead actress in the Emmy Award-winning show Pose, MJ Rodriguez will lend her voiceover talent to the performance collective, Hear Her Roar, an evening of performance art directed by Daryl Stewart, held at Newark Symphony Hall.

Voted ‘Favorite Visual Arts Festival’ in the 2019 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards, the festival spotlights its city’s artistic and cultural institutions, featuring both nationally recognized and also emerging local creatives.

For more information, please visit NewarkArtsFestival.com.