The 14th annual Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival showcases Newark’s vibrant arts community from Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, October 18.
The citywide arts tour and community event, presented by Newark Arts Council (NAC), will have over 40 venues with over 350 artists with visual, performing, and literary art work. With everything from installation, new media, poetry and all that falls in between to discover, there is no other place to be this weekend.
Some highlight events are:
- Open Doors Rooftop Party
Thursday, Octoebr 15 from 6 – 9 pm
Skylab, Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown
Live music from critically-acclaimed artists, networking, drinks & hors d’oeuvres. Guests receive free festival wristband ($10 value) for exclusive promos.
$40 tickets can be purchased online here
- Open Doors Gallery Crawl After Party
Friday, October, 16 from 9 pm – midnight
Index Art Center
Check out live performances from a quality line-up of multi-genre artists. Scheduled performances from synth/pop Brooklyn band Salt Cathedral, poet and Orange, NJ native Boshia as seen in AFROPUNK, Vice Magazine’s spotlight soul/experimental DJ/producer Suzi Analogue hailing from Philadelphia, and New York City DJ Dana Lu of SXSW. Festival wristband holders receive priority entry
$5 suggested donation, reservations online here
- Open Doors Official Closing Party
Sunday, October 18 from 6 – 9 pm
765 Broad Street, Newark
Food, drinks, DJ & live music from emerging artists
Open Doors’ festival format remains the same with a citywide Gallery Crawl Friday, October 16 from 6-9 pm at participating galleries: Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, City Without Walls, Gallery Aferro, GlassRoots, Jewish Museum of New Jersey, Newark Museum, Newark Print Shop, NJIT’s CoAD Gallery, Rutgers’ Paul Robeson Galleries, The Gateway Project, SOLO(s) Project House, WBGO and more.
Other special events include Dietze Project’s 125th Anniversary and a guided walking tour of Newark Riverfront Park. Artist Studio Tours of Gift East West, Luisa Pinzon Photography, Nell Painter Studio and Gallery Aferro Residency Program Saturday and Sunday.
In its 14th year, Open Doors has reached a pivotal mark not only in its expansion from visual to performing arts, but also intersecting the 350th Anniversary of Newark. The grandiose premiere of “Newark 350 Kickoff Family Festival” is a full day of family-friendly events in the newly renovated Military Park on Saturday, October 17 from 11 am to 5 pm to help kick off Newark’s 350th Anniversary and preview plans for a year-long celebration in 2016. Anchoring the day will be a parade, a series of live concerts and performances, arts and crafts, various demonstrations and global cuisine representing all the communities of Newark. NC350 is a broad coalition of arts, community, academic, business and government organizations all based in Newark.
“We are so excited that the festival has been selected as the kickoff event for Newark Celebration 350. We can’t think of a better way to honor Newark’s creative origins than with a festival celebrating Newark’s latest generation of creative individuals.” Mr. Oglesby of NAC adds, “This event demonstrates that the thread of Newark’s creativity that links Newark’s past and future is as strong in this generation as it was 350 years ago.”
Adding to the lively energy percolating Saturday, the 8th annual Creation Nation Art and Peace Parade by the Barat Foundation joins Newark’s 350th Anniversary Celebration opening event in Military Park 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. The Festival of Color & Light hosted by the Newark Museum welcomes festival-goers to explore a series of dazzling string sculpture exhibit, The Shape of Light: Gabriel Dawe, for an all-day program for all ages. Activities include gallery tours, tie-dying and weaving workshops, Aurora planetarium show and after-hour programs like Colorful Cocktails & Collage – a paint & sip event.
Get all the details of the vibrant and exciting weekend celebration the arts online here.