art and politics

Lotus Moment: Matters Of Government

By |October 29th, 2018|

Why This Is Awesome: With one of the most important elections in my country only one week away (although I think we should consider all elections equally important), I’m reminded of this great shot I captured this past July in downtown Newark. That statuesque building […]

What Is The Artist’s Role In Gentrification?

By |August 20th, 2018|

About a year ago, I attended a local community meeting here in Newark for citizens concerned about the changing face of the city. You see, Brick City, after 50 years of neglect, economic disenfranchisement, and disproportionate criticism fueled by racism, xenophobia and class discrimination, is […]

Representation Matters … On Every Level

By |July 30th, 2018|

You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. The soon-to-be-born will see it shortly after they take their first breath. You know … the mantra, the hashtag, the popular adage: Representation matters.

It’s a topic that is popular in its exclamation, but rarely parsed to discuss what it […]

Steal This Quote: Magdalena Abakanowicz

By |July 2nd, 2018|

Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind, born out of struggle
between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality, in our mind.
— Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish sculptor and textile artist

Steal This Quote: Kate Goodall

By |May 6th, 2018|

 Art is soft power, and an often used, but poorly understood, part of effective change-making.
— Kate Goodall, co-founder and CEO of Halcyon

Lotus Moment: Art Is Now In Session

By |March 26th, 2018|

Why This Is Awesome: Back in January, I was a “guest” of our nation’s jury selection system, when for the first time in my life, I learned about the intricate and somewhat confusing process that makes up serving on a civil court case jury.

For three days […]

Did You Hear About: Montclair Literary Festival 2018

By |March 12th, 2018|

 

I love a good festival! Whether it’s for music, art, film, poetry or just the cultural exchange of ideas, festivals make the world feel just a bit brighter and reminds you there’s a lot of talented people in the world who will enrich our lives […]

Steal This Quote: Jawaharlal Nehru

By |March 4th, 2018|

 The art of a people is the true mirror to their minds.
— Jawaharlal Nehru, former Prime Minister of India, activist and writer

Making Newark A City Of The Arts

By |February 26th, 2018|

If you recall, back in January, I reported on Newark’s community info session for the conversion of a long dormant bank building on South Ward’s Clinton Ave. into an artist’s housing and creative community center. That session, and the details shared, is just one of […]

Reading Between The Lines: Der Vang And Whitehead @Newark

By |February 11th, 2018|

Last week saw the continuation of the year-long academic showcase Writers at Newark Reading Series, hosted by Rutgers University-Newark’s MFA Creative Writing program. On Tuesday, February 6, students, professors and Brick City residents welcomed Walt Whitman award-winning poet Mai Der Vang and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson […]