Gallery Aferro


73 Market St
Newark, NJ 07102
County: Essex


Ms. Emma C. Wilcox

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For general operating support of Gallery Aferro's arts and artist support programs, and arts partnerships in Newark.

Organization Background

Gallery Aferro was founded in 2003 by artists Emma Wilcox and Evonne M. Davis, inspired by concerns over barriers to public arts engagement and the need for access to resources for artists. Based on the strength of four exhibitions in Newark in an initial location in 2004, the gallery was able to secure its current 20,000 sq ft building in 2006.

Reviewing the 9 years we have been on Market Street, we can count certain milestones in terms of our track record and reputation with artists and the public: we have mounted well over 100 exhibitions, and almost 100 events. As of year-end 2014, an alumni group of 83 local, national and international artists have benefited from our residency program. Our events offered include screenings, workshops, performances, talks, demonstrations and a symposium. In 2007, the publication line launched and includes essays, catalogs, artist books, a sound art CD, and an educational art history handout set, available in our gift shop. Since 2006 we have offered demonstrations/tours to visiting school/adult groups, and in 2011 launched Identity Blueprint, a 3-month youth arts intensive for Newark's high school age women. Based on youth input, we've moved to a drop-in workshop model, and during 2014-2015, are designing a new co-ed youth arts program with Critical Practices Inc. Activate: Market Street (2013), uses public art curated in 5 contiguous vacant storefronts on Market Street to create 24/7 engagement, brightening our street with challenging, unexpected artworks, many interactive.

Our fulfillment of our mission to bring cultural engagement with contemporary issues to all people equally continues to expand and evolve. Founders Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox act as Co-Directors, with former intern Jacob Mandel reporting to them as Gallery Manager and helping direct committed volunteers,interns, and our assistant gallery manager, and exhibit assistants, both young artists. The board takes active roles in fundraising and development, with committees also working to support our work. We are on the path to becoming a 90,000 sq ft cultural hub, due in part to our facility for imagining and securing a wide range of partnerships and collaborations.

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