Aljira

Address

591 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
County: Essex
www.aljira.org

Contact

Ms. Susan - Stedman

Grant Amount

$60,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

For general operating support for exhibitions, educational services, and to build staff capacity.

Organization Background

For over 30 years Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, co-founded by a group of visual artists, has played a leading role contributing to New Jersey's cultural vitality, presenting renowned exhibitions, arts-related public programs, and innovative educational projects for youth. Since its founding Aljira has supported thousands of artists through more than 255 exhibitions and countless free educational and cultural programs for the public. It has been guided by its mission: To foster excellence in the visual arts, serve as a catalyst for inclusiveness and diversity, and promote cross-cultural dialog. It seeks to bridge racial, cultural and ethnic divides. Public understanding of the visual arts is strengthened through collaboration and community-based educational programming.

Aljira's leadership is epitomized by Executive Director and co-founder, Victor L. Davson. A practicing artist with more than 35 years of achievements in the US and abroad, he has led the organization to wide acclaim for its service to the Newark community and the state's cultural life. Among highlights of his leadership are: Aljira Design graphic studio which earned substantial revenue for 18 years; Aljira's participation in the IV Biennale International de Pintura, Ecuador; the NJ Governor's Award, 1996, 2002. Davson has served on various national and regional panels including NEA and Newark Public Arts Advisory Commission. A major capital campaign enabled Aljira to re-locate in 2002 to Newark's downtown arts district. The NJ State Council on the Arts has acclaimed Aljira for excellence in the visual arts, and as a Major Arts Institution for six successive years through 2013. It is widely recognized as a Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Initiative organization, the only one so honored in the state.

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