Project for Empty Space, Gallery Aferro, and Index Art Center are pleased to announce an official joint partnership for Newark’s Spring Open Studios, held on Saturday, April 13th, from 12-5pm, in Newark, NJ.

This collective invites the general public to come visit 75+ studios between our three non-profit anchor arts institutions. Between gallery/studio facilities we house creative practitioners ranging from photographers, to musicians, painters, writers, multidisciplinary artists and more.

This alliance came out of the natural shared interest to best serve both our artist community and our tristate area art enthusiasts. We’d like to capitalize on the fact that there is a wealth of artists within walking distance of one another that attendees can celebrate on one lovely Saturday. The day will culminate with an after party from 6 - 8pm at the Newark Print Shop, where artists and attendees from all three spaces can meet and celebrate. We look forward to welcoming all of you to engage with the arts in Newark.

About the partners:

Project For Empty Space is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safe and equitable spaces for audiences and artists alike. PES is committed to cultivating discourse around important social issues through the catalytic lens of contemporary art. Our mission is to promote artists whose work is oriented around social impact; and to initiate conversations that engage issues of marginality, intersectionality, and cultural tolerance. Through our work, we strive to create exhibitions and programming in our spaces that dispel the notion that art is meant for one type of audience. Our aim is to encourage the idea that everyone should have equal opportunity to access art. A subsidiary of PES is PES Studios, which is home to nearly 60 multidisciplinary studios and shared spaces for creative professionals. The purpose of the PES Studios program is to nurture a creative community where artists can thrive in an environment that provides artistic programs, professional opportunities, feedback and critical discourse, and shared resources. We are inspired by the idea of Newark's art history, and continuously work to create new creative work within this legacy space. For more information, visit projectforemptyspace.org / pesstudios.org

Gallery Aferro is a platform for the exchange of ideas in service of advancing human dignity and beauty, with a focus on visual arts as the vehicle. Founded in 2003  by two artists, Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox, we are a community hub offering topical exhibitions and a wide range of public events, artist residencies, publications, public art, educational offerings, collaborations, and innovative, community-responsive projects such as our mobile portrait studio. Along with offering portfolios by important female and LGBTQ artists, we serve as curatorial liaison for legendary artist and activist Gladys Barker Grauer, and as the steward of the artifacts of Newark ark-builder Kea Tawana. Visit our downtown 20,000 sq ft downtown building, with 19 artist studios, two gallery spaces, two sound art installations (a vintage payphone and elevator, respectively), and a community book room with almost 3000 volumes. For more information, visit aferro.org

Index Art Center is a non-profit contemporary arts organization dedicated to supporting and promoting visual arts in Newark, NJ. Established in May 2009 with a mission to help strengthen and revitalize Newark’s emerging art scene. IAC serves as both a critical link between art and community and as a conduit for up and coming artists. Index Art Center is located at 233 - 237 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey near the corner of Market Street. It is easily accessible by car, The PATH and NJ Transit. For more information, visit indexartcenter.org

Newark Print Shop is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the fine art of printmaking by providing a vibrant learning community and access to professional equipment and facilities. The shop incubates artistic expression through education, while simultaneously creating workspace opportunities for shop members and artists in our community.  For more information, visit newarkprintshop.org