A Walk on the Wild Side

How are you? Doing good? Seen any good puppets lately?
The Open Doors gallery and artist space tour — which kicks off tonight! — will open with a sidewalk puppet parade. Elmo, much to my daughter’s chagrin, will NOT be attending, but I am assured that the puppets that will be in this first-ever event in Newark are ornate, intricate, and beautiful.

So head over to 744 Broad for the parade and stick around for the opening reception, hosted by none other than Mayor Cory Booker. See you there!

“A Walk on the Wild Side” Newark’s Inaugural Arts/Puppet Parade and Opening Reception
October 23, 2008, 5:30 – 8:00pm

WHAT IT IS: “Open Doors” is north Jersey’s/the metropolitan area’s most extensive Arts Tour. More than four days of activities including over 25 new exhibits, 40+ participating venues, 500 artists, movie screenings, crafts demos, gospel performances and other performance pieces.

“A Walk on the Wild Side,” a Puppet/Art Parade kicks off festivities of the Newark Arts Council (NAC) Seventh Annual Open Artists’ Studios and Available Space Tour presented by Chase (Open Doors). Large –scale puppets, African masks, Newark Public Schools Marching Band and NPS students will lead the parade. The parade is the lead-off activity of NAC Open Doors.

Official opening reception takes place at Gallery 744, a temporary gallery curated by Yoland Skeete, and includes a welcome from Mayor Cory A. Booker, a special presentation to Newark / international artist Gladys Grauer and guest jurors Ben Jones and Willie Cole.

WHO: The Parade is a collaboration of the Newark Arts Council, Barat Foundation, a non-profit arts and education foundation, City of Newark Mayor’s Office and Newark Public Schools, and is sponsored by Newark Now.

Newark youth and adults from various organizations, corporations and communities around the City will be making puppets, masks and banners. The Barat Foundation has enlisted the assistance and support of Newark Public Schools Director of Visual Arts, Shabazz Band Director, and puppet maker Terry Brewin. Shabazz Marching Band, Youth and Adults from Newark CBOS.

WHEN: PARADE: Thursday, October 23, 2008; 5:30 – 6:30pm

OPENING RECEPTION: 5:00pm – 8:00pm at Gallery 744 with Mayor Cory A. Booker and artists: Ben Jones, Willie Cole and Gladys Grauer

Open Doors: Oct 23 – 26, 2008, for complete information and calendar of events, visit http://www.NewarkArts.org or call Zing Marketing, 973 623 9464 .

WHERE: The ROUTE: STAGING and STARTING POINT: The Barat Foundation 765 Broad Street, entrance on Bank Street The route: Head north on Broad Street; Cross over Broad/Raymond to Park Place to walk past cultural institutions participating with Open Doors: Key Club, WBGO, New Jersey Historical Society Turn left at Center Street – heading back to Broad, (walk around Military Park on Center Street) Cross over to Broad passing the Kislak Building (581 Broad), Redsaw Gallery (585 Broad), Aljira (591 Broad) staying on Broad.

PARADE END and OPENING RECEPTION: Gallery 744, at 744 Broad Street, entrance on Clinton Street, Newark, NJ

SPONSORS: Funders and supporters of the Newark Arts Council Seventh Annual Artists’ Studios and Available Space Tour 2008 include: lead sponsor JPMorgan Chase Foundation; Prudential Financial; The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; New Jersey State Council on the Arts; Port Authority of New York/New Jersey; Audible.com; Newark Now, Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau; Newark Downtown District; 570 Broad Street – Ivy Realty Services, LLC; WBGO; PSEG; Cablevision; City of Newark, Star Ledger and NJ TRANSIT.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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