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Arts Ed Newark is an alliance advocating for equity in high-quality arts education for all youth in Newark.



NJ law requires every School District in the state to provide sequential learning of dance, theater, music and visual arts for K-12.


The arts and arts education play a critical role in the future of Newark.

  • Experiencing and creating art is essential to our humanity.

  • The arts stimulate expression, help us better understand our emotions, and help us empathize with others.

  • Arts education teaches focus, critical thinking and problem-solving in collaboration.

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While we all work for a better Newark today, we need to pave the way for our young people to thrive tomorrow. We believe arts education is a critical part of that path forward.

Arts Ed Newark is 90+ arts education stakeholders strong.

We are from public, charter and private schools. We are artists, arts & culture organizations, parents & teachers, youth & community development groups, businesses, funders, and government agencies. We come together because we believe in the power of arts education to transform young people and help them thrive.


Arts Ed Newark is an alliance of and for arts education champions. As a group, we advocate for high-quality arts ed equity for the whole city. We combine our voices from different sectors to demonstrate the connection between the arts and positive vision for Newark. Our alliance also provides capacity-building and resources for all of its members.  By leveraging combined experience, expertise and resources, we develop our skills to be good advocates within our own groups and as individuals.​

2020 Statistics for Newark Youth
  • 25% of Newark’s population are under the age of 18

  • 78% of Newark residents graduated from high school. 30% have earned a GED.

  • College graduation rate of 13%

  • 15% with a graduate or professional degree

  • 27% drop out rate from high school

  • Chronic absenteeism rates for black male students were more than 47%.


“Art is the window that reveals our imagination. And our imagination determines our future. That is why art education is so very important.”

- Willie Cole

The Starting Point

According to a 2020 report, “Newark Kids Count 2020,” the child population under 18 years old was 69,941 children in 2018. Given that data, combined with the Arts Ed New Jersey 2018 Arts Census, it is estimated that the majority of these children do not have access to a high quality arts education. 

“Giving a child the tools to bring their most creative thoughts and ideas to life through the exploration of arts education is the ultimate gift.”

- Porche Hardy  


Our Platform

We call for access to high-quality arts education for every Newark youth. We seek to:

  • Identify the number of youth who have access to arts education programs in and out of school citywide

  • Ensure quality of programs based on statewide standards as they emerge

  • Advocate for increased access and increased resources to deliver arts education in schools and in communities.

  • Build capacity among our members to be the best advocates we can be

  • Building collaboration among arts programs. Learning community in and of itself. Cross-learning.



Achieving the goal of arts ed equity for all Newark youth is a community-wide effort. Here’s how you can be an Arts Ed Champion:

  • Spread the Word! Arts advocacy starts with each individual. Speak up about how important arts education is for you and tell your friends.

  • Get the Tools to be an Arts Ed Champion.

  • Share on Social Media. Tell your story and engage others!

  • Become a Partner! Join a community with a shared vision.

Capacity Building Committee Meeting

December 2, 2022 | 9:30-11am

via Zoom

Partner Meeting

December 6, 2022 | 4-6pm

register here!

Trauma-Informed Care

Committee Meeting

December 8, 2022 | 10-11:30am

via Zoom

Engagement Committee Meeting

December 15, 2022 | 12-1:30pm

via Zoom