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About Newark Arts

Newark Arts’ mission is to power the arts to transform lives. Established in 1981 as the Newark Arts Council, the organization’s vision is to become a nationally recognized catalyst for the collaborative power of the arts in the City of Newark and urban America. Newark Arts is the producer of Newark Creates, a community-led citywide cultural plan, created in partnership with the City of Newark. Newark Arts’ key initiatives include Arts Education Newark, the ArtStart community grantmaking program, and the Newark Arts Festival. Newark Arts is generously supported by Prudential Financial, the City of Newark, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Victoria Foundation, Turrell Fund, Bank of America, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Mellon Foundation, Hanini Group, TD Bank, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Panasonic, M&T Bank, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, PSEG, and individuals, businesses and institutions.

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Newark Arts established the ArtStart Grant Program in 2001 specifically to nurture arts and cultural activities throughout the City of Newark and to enhance the capacity of Newark’s non-profit organizations, schools, and individual artists to provide arts-based projects throughout the City’s five wards. ArtStart events must take place between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024.

Applicants may request a maximum of $3,000.


Newark Arts will give paramount consideration to projects that:

  • Enhance recognition of the value of the arts as a catalyst to address social issues  
  • Engage with neighborhood or community-based organizations and are developed to address their identified needs  
  • Take place in local neighborhoods, stimulating creativity and community engagement
  • Engage children, youth and/or seniors, and people with special needs 
  • Support academic achievement   
  • Are provided by small organizations and individual artists, enhancing their future capacity 

For more detailed information you can download: Full ArtStart 2023 Guidelines

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