Newark School of the Arts


89 Lincoln Park
Newark, NJ 07102
County: Essex


Mr. Lawrence J. Tamburri

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For general operating support of sequential instruction and arts opportunities in music, dance, drama and visual arts for Newark students.

Organization Background

Following the 1968 riots in Newark, two public school teachers, Stella Lass and Saunders Davis, recognized the need for a quality arts educational institution and responded to the community's desire for access to the arts. Support and cooperation for the establishment of an Arts Center were pledged by the educational and cultural communities including NJSO, Garden State Ballet, Rutgers University/Law School, Baptist Minister's Church and others.

In 1968, the Newark Community Center of the Arts was incorporated. Instruction in music and dance began in February at the Baptist Minister's Conference Headquarters in Newark with 75 students. In 1971 the school purchased its Lincoln Park headquarters. Hence, over 44,000 individuals have benefited through instruction, thousands more through performances. Scholarships are available for students who demonstrate talent. Since 1997, NSA/NJPAC Jeffrey Carollo Scholarship program attracted some of the best talent in NJ. Since opening its doors, significant numbers of alumni have gone on to careers in the arts including tap dancer Savion Glover who was in the first round of Geraldine R. Dodge Scholarship recipients.

The School is designated a "Major Presenting and Service Organization" and received a 2015 "Citation of Excellence" and by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Mission Statement

Newark School of the Arts (NSA) changes the lives of youth through access to quality education in the performing and visual arts. It accomplishes this by providing excellence in sequential education and training, offering an emerging state of the art learning environment, accepting students of all ages and abilities, and partnering with other successful arts educators while maintaining affordability and accessibility.

Lawrence Tamburri- Executive Director (2011); President and CEO, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey, Savannah and New Hampshire Symphony Orchestras. BS Duquesne University, MA/MBA Arizona State University. Sherrie Thaler, Development Director since 1997; New York Foundation for the Arts (1985-93); South Street Seaport Museum (1980-85). John Prall, Finance Manager, CPA, Several years non-profit experience was recommended by ArtPride. Carmen Santos-Robson, Community Outreach Manager, M.M.-New England Conservatory. Nadine Herman, Music Director (vocal instructor), M.M. (Juilliard School). Clarissa Newby-Phillips Dance Director, M.A. NYU. Beatrice East, Visual Arts Chair, BFA (Rutgers University). Donna Holmes, Drama Chair American Academy of Dramatic Arts; Negro Ensemble Company.

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