City Without Walls


6 Crawford Street
Newark, NJ 07102
County: Essex


Ms. Ebony T. Simpson

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For general operating support of CWOW's work to advance the careers of artists and expand the audience for contemporary art as a way to build communities, careers and culture.

Organization Background

City Without Walls (cWOW), New Jersey's oldest non-profit contemporary art gallery, has been based in Newark since 1975. A multi-year winner of the New Jersey State Council on the Art's "Citation of Excellence," The New York Times has characterized cWOW a "one of the most socially engaged and dynamic art spaces in the state," and "the nucleus" of Newark's Lincoln Park community for our anchor role in the renaissance of this neighborhood in transition.

Our award-winning education programs, including ArtReach, Newark New Media, and City Murals, have provided mentoring and apprenticeships to help local youth develop professional skills in the arts and technology. Our exhibition programs feature local and travelling shows as well as public art that engages local, national, and international audiences. cWOW's programs are the product of extensive collaborations among artists, community leaders and engaged friends from New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area. cWOW's key partners include guest curators and the many stakeholders in our community partnerships. Our vision is to help brand Newark as a center for artistic innovation and enterprise.

Executive Director: Ebony Simpson

Administrative Director: Stephen Sennott: 2003-Present (and a former cWOW Executive Director for 14 years from 1989-2003)

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