When Gallery Aferro submitted their proposal in our most recent round of grantmaking, we weren’t familiar with them, but we were intrigued by their current programming, their aspirations, and their location right on Market Street in Newark.
After meeting with co-founders Emma Wilcox and Evonne Davis and touring their gallery and studio, as well as meeting some of the artists working there, we were impressed. Their work to date and their expansive vision for the work of their gallery and its impact in Newark as well as regionally and even internationally (artists from countries around the world have applied for their residencies/studio program) is inspiring. Furthermore, they offer exemplary mentoring opportunities for young artists.
The mission of Gallery Aferro is to “bring cultural education and esthetic engagement with contemporary issues to all people equally, and to create an environment where artists can gather and share physical and intellectual resources.”
For more information about Gallery Aferro, including open calls to artists and scheduling school visits, please see their website. You can find them on Facebook, too.
Images: Gallery Aferro
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