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2019 Newark Arts Festival Calls for Participation

  • Newark Arts is excited to announce a selection of Open Calls for the 2019 Newark Arts Festival. Newark Arts Festival is an annual event that celebrates the depth and breadth of the city’s artistic past, present, and future. Now in its 18th year, the four day festival invites the world to experience the best of Newark and beyond, from poetry to performance, from video to visual arts, from music to movement. 
  • Newark Arts Festival will take place October 10-13th, 2019, and will include exciting exhibitions, an open studio tour, artist talks and panel discussions, film screenings, theatre and musical performances, an author expo, youth events and even more. This year's Festival theme is "Year of the Woman." All are welcome to apply, however priority will be given to programming that reflects the festival theme.
  • There are four calls for participation, each due by July 1, 2019, by 5pm. Be sure to review the specifics of each call to determine which is appropriate for you, below.

About Newark Arts 

Newark Arts’ mission is to power the arts to transform the lives of those who live in, work in, and visit America’s third oldest city. Newark Arts produces the annual Newark Arts Festival, houses the Newark Arts Education Roundtable, makes grants to artists and community organizations, and partners with institutions and policymakers to strengthen Newark’s standing as a city of the arts. Newark Arts is supported by Prudential, Victoria Foundation, PSEG, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Turrell Fund, Bank of America, M&T Bank, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the City of Newark, and generous corporate, foundation, government and individual supporters. For more information on the Newark Arts Festival, call (973) 643-1625, visit or email

For: Artists, Curators, Gallerists and Creative Organizers who are interested in participating in the 2019 Newark Arts Festival and are seeking temporary wall space for their work or a temporary venue to host an exhibit, show or creative event. 

Dates: October 10 - 13th, 2019

Additional Information:

Newark Arts makes its best effort to match applicants with open spaces, but due to the high volume of applicants, we cannot guarantee available space. Thank you for your understanding.

The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2019. This call is reviewed by a Selection Committee. Notifications will be sent out by August 1, 2019.   

For: Artists and/or creative professionals with a studio in Newark OR Newark facilities that house artists’ studios, that are interested in being listed as a part of the Open Doors Open Studio Tour.

Date: Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Time: noon to 5pm

The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2019. All accepted listings will be notified by August 1, 2019. 

For: Artists, curators, creative organizers, galleries, institutions, and venues that are interested in being listed as a 2019 Newark Arts Festival participant and having their programs highlighted through a variety of channels (schedule of events, digital map, printed map, social media, potential press mentions, etc.). Qualifying programs include, but are not limited to exhibitions, artist talks, screenings, performances and creative events.


Dates: Thursday, October 10, 2019 -  Sunday, October 13, 2019

The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2019. All accepted listings will be notified by August 1, 2019. 

For: Business & Space Owners (Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Office Building, Raw Space, etc.)

Dates: The Newark Arts Festival takes place Thursday, October 10, 2019 -  Sunday, October 13, 2019.

Every year, Newark Arts receives a number of proposals from local artists and organizations seeking space to host a pop up exhibition, event or happening for the Newark Arts Festival. A selection committee matches a number of proposals to spaces donated throughout the city.  

Newark Arts invites local stakeholders to participate in this Fall’s Newark Arts Festival. If you are a restaurant proprietor with bare walls, a cafe in need of color, an office building with vacant floors or an owner of a raw space, please consider partnering with your local arts community.

Newark Arts is interested in spaces of all sizes and character. Please click here to share more information on your available space. All partnering entities will be highlighted as a festival sponsor.  

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