Wednesday, July 25, 2018




WHEN: FRIDAY, JULY 27, AT 11 A.M.L JULY 27-29 & AUGUST 2-4, 12pm-8pm

Annual festival will now take place on two weekends; “Newark Creates” community cultural plan will be unveiled along with mural project; Street will be named in honor of late Newark artist Rodney M. Gilbert

The annual Lincoln Park Music Festival has expanded to include international attendees that come together to experience multiple genres of music including gospel, jazz, house, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues performances.

Mayor Ras J. Baraka will join Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District Director Anthony Smith and other Newark artistic leaders to launch this year’s Lincoln Park Music Festival in the district.

At the ceremony, the Mayor and other dignitaries will also announce that the festival is expanding from one weekend to two to accommodate more opportunities for attendee engagement around the humanities, provide framework for a week long festival week in 2019, that will eventually include tech and film and increase economic impact at hotels, restaurants and businesses. They will also launch the “Newark Creates – A Community Cultural Plan” at the ceremony, which is the community’s call for development of a healthy and sustainable arts ecosystem for artists, galleries, and organizations, including greater support for solving community challenges through the arts.

Additionally, a street will be named at the ceremony to honor the late Newark artist and Lincoln Park icon Rodney M. Gilbert, who will be further honored by a crosswalk mural by Yendor Productions to be completed in late summer and dedicated during the October 4-7 Newark Arts Festival.

The strategic relationship between LPCCD, the City of Newark, Newark Symphony Hall and Newark Arts was conceived to bolster the creative economy through their respective arts and culture programs.  With the support of the City of Newark and Newark Arts, LPCCD has plans to create and support self-sustaining enterprises in Lincoln Park that will create long-lasting social and economic impact.

The Lincoln Park Music Festival is produced by the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, Inc. (LPCCD), a non-profit organization actively engaged in the practice of creative place-making. LPCCD's mission is to plan, design and develop a sustainable, vibrant and comprehensive cultural/arts district in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of downtown Newark.  LPCCD’s two main arts & culture programs are the annual Lincoln Park Music Festival and Lincoln Park Music Speaks. 

Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, Inc (LPCCD) is a non-profit 501C (3) organization with a mission to plan, design and build a comprehensive arts and cultural district in the Lincoln Park/Coast area of the City of Newark, New Jersey.

Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) is transforming Lincoln Park, an 11-acre, four-block site dominated by brownfield site into a “green” arts and cultural district. Plans for the arts and cultural district include sustainable mixed-income housing units, annual music festivals and historic restoration projects.  LPCCD is creating a sustainable community with sustainable housing, cultural programming, urban agriculture and green job creation.

LPCCD emerged out of meetings with local residents, civic leaders, business people and the city administration that were coordinated in the late 1990s by the Regional Plan Association.  This process identified a desire to develop and pursue a vision for the neighborhood that would build upon its rich cultural heritage and open space.  A charette held in 1999 gave more shape to this vision and ultimately lead, in 2002, to the independent establishment of LPCCD.  LPCCD submitted a redevelopment plan to the City of Newark for creating a cultural district.  This plan was approved by the Newark City Council and has guided the pursuit of a set of programming and redevelopment projects that are underway today.