Grants from the Newark Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) façade improvement program are helping to transform the streetscape in Newark’s Ironbound. Representatives of the UEZ and the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) want local business and commercial property owners to know that grants of up to $50,000 are available to UEZ-certified businesses and commercial properties.
The program requires a 25% contribution towards the total cost of the improvements, as well as property owner approval. Terms are up to 5 years, and program participants must comply with all terms and conditions to be eligible, including certification in the UEZ program. To help in designing the façade enhancements, applicants can receive assistance from professional architects who are under contract with the Newark UEZ office.
The Prospect Street Firestation Art Center is Newark’s newest and most talked about hot-spot for art, showcasing artists from the Ironbound, Newark and our region side by side with outstanding artworks from countries around the world.
The event will feature artists from the current Firestation exhibition Ironbound Unbound #4. On hand will be many of the featured artists to talk about their work.
The Prospect Street Firestation Art Center, located in the Ironbound, is a collaboration between Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, Councilman Augusto Amador’s office, the Ironbound Business Improvement District, and the Newark Arts Council, with the cooperation and support of the Newark Fire Department. Their mission is to bring art and cultural programs to the Ironbound and Newark to benefit the community and attract Cultural Tourism to the neighborhood and the city.
Over the past year, the Firestation has presented panel discussions and high quality solo shows, as well as group exhibitions of emerging artists from our area, showing their work side by side with New Jersey and international artists – building bridges between our local community and arts and culture from around the world. Ironbound Unbound #4 features Ironbound and Newark artists such as Harry Prott, Sonia Valente, and Gianluca Bianchino, with New Jersey and international artists such as Heejung Kim, Sergio Rivero, Yen Hua Lee and Stina Brockman, to name only a few. Adding to the program have been a showing and panel discussion of Newark Filmmaker AJ Jackson’s film “Missing”, and a presentation of the history and appreciation of Portuguese ceramic folk art, as well as music and poetry from the US, Spain and Portugal.The fundraiser will support programs for the coming year and plans to expand the art center at the Firestation.
The Ironbound Business Improvement District’s (IBID) Clean Team has been earning the approval and respect of local business and commercial property owners for their efforts towards cleaning up the streetscape on Wilson Avenue. An amendment approved by the Newark Municipal Council in 2013 changed the ordinance that established the Ironbound District’s boundaries to include Wilson Avenue from Five Corners to Routes 1 & 9. In the weeks since the change,the IBID brought supplemental sidewalk cleaning, trash removal, graffiti and poster/sticker removal to the area. Locals and visitors have noticed an improvement.
By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger on October 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM, updated October 10, 2013 at 8:02 AM
NEWARK — A central mission of the 12th annual Open Doors arts festival is to give visitors a peak at the art-making process. Another goal is to spotlight the emerging artists visitors should, but maybe don't, know.
The Market Street Convergence is Ground Zero for both.
"That's the place where you discover, where you see what's happening and what's new and exciting," Newark Arts Council manager Jade Lien said about the 85 Market St shows.
"Apres Moi, le Deluge" is a series of mini-solo shows featuring emerging artists Dara Alter, Piotr Czerwinski, Patricia Dahlman, Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, Joel Lopez, Peter Owen, Jacob Mandel, Anne Q. McKeown, and Irena Pejovic. It will be on view on the first floor of the space through the run of the festival.
The exhibition opens Thursday, with the official Open Doors 2013 launch party, and continues through Oct. 20. Guests can take shuttle buses from the temporary gallery to other studios and galleries around town, and find materials about other shows, Lien said.
Longtime Ironbound resident Renato Baptista, the Ironbound BID’s 1st Vice President, was honored recently for his contributions as a leader in Newark’s Brazilian community. Baptista and his wife, Maria, received a commemorative plaque at an event celebrating the kickoff of the Brazilian Weekend Festival in honor of Brazilian Independence Day.
The event, organized and presented by East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador and his staff, along with the Brazilian American United Association (BAUA), included the ceremonial raising of the Brazilian flag at City Hall, along with traditional music, dance and refreshments. Attendees included local leaders, members of the local business community and dignitaries including members and representatives of the entire Newark City Council.
"I'm extremely proud of honoring Renato Baptista during the celebration of Brazil Day in Newark,” noted Councilman Amador. “I've known Mr. Baptista for over 40 years and I've learned to admire his sense of commitment to our community and to the City of Newark. His love for his Brazilian roots and for the Ironbound is unquestionable and this recognition represents a small "Thank You" for all he has done to improve the quality of life of the residents of Newark and, more specifically, the Ironbound."