Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Celebrate Newark's culture with NJPAC's free events!




Sat, Jun 22
Film screening @ 6PM
Panel conversation @ 7:30PM

Chase Room
1 Center Street
Newark, NJ

The Centennial Celebration of the ground-breaking Senator Wynona Lipman, the first African-American female State Senator, continues. In her 27 years representing the 29th Legislative District, she championed the well-being of underserved populations and achieved passage of the Domestic Violence Act of 1981 and the Fair Housing Act of 1985, among many other bills.

The program includes a film screening followed by a panel conversation. Preceding the screening is a reception at 4:30PM hosted by the New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Place (across the street from NJPAC), where there’s an exhibit about Lipman’s life and achievements.

The documentary Stronger Than Steel: The Senator Wynona Lipman Story (A Blue Butterfly Arts & Media Production) examines her life and how she achieved her goals while battling gender and racial discrimination. The Stronger Than Steel documentary was made possible by funds from the Essex County Division of Arts, Cultural and Historic Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

The panel will be moderated by Celeste A. Bateman, Producer and Director of Stronger Than Steel: The Senator Wynona Lipman Story.

Our panelists include:

Gale A. Britton, Managing Partner of GBDI Consulting Services, LLC

Vickie Donaldson, Retired consultant for social service programs and homeless services for the City of Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness

Richard W. Roper, Retired Director of the Planning Department at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and public policy consultant

Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, N.J. State Representative of District 29 and highest ranking Latina legislator in New Jersey history

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 free events 

Lullaby Project Celebration Concert
May 15 @ 6:30PM
NJPAC Center for Arts Education

This celebratory concert features families from the Lullaby Project: An Arts & Well-Being program that pairs new and expecting parents and caregivers with songwriters to write personalized lullabies.


Jazz Jams
May 16 @ 7:30PM
​​​​Clement's Place

Co-presented by NJPAC and the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University-Newark, these Jazz Jam sessions attract ace musicians from New Jersey and beyond!


ArtsXChange The Future is Purple
May 23 @ 6PM
Gant-Gilbert Arts Collective

Just like the book and movie, The Color Purple, this program honors the bonds of sisterhood. Come prepared to compete in a trivia game about noteworthy women in Newark.


Fitness Fest
Sat, Jun 1 @ 12 – 6PM
Harriet Tubman Square

RVSP for our free movement classes  and study styles such as Soca, Jersey Club and West African. No previous experience required.


Matthew Whitaker
Bethany Jazz Vespers

Sat, Jun 1 @ 6PM
Bethany Baptist Church

Bethany Baptist Church Jazz Vespers features jazz piano and organ prodigy Matthew Whitaker. Free!


B.T. Pierson’s Vocation: The Newark City Directory
Jun 4 @ 6PM
Newark Public Library

Join us in person or virtually to learn about B.T. Pierson’s Newark City Directories and their contibutions to Newark’s growth in the 19th century.


Celebrating Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Standing In Solidarity

Jun 17 @ 6PM

Join our in-person PSEG True Diversity Film screening and panel conversation on the on the history and impact of HBCUs.


Stronger Than Steel: The Senator Wynona Lipman story is co-presented with The New Jersey Historical Society

Arts & Well-Being at NJPAC is made possible through foundational support from RWJBarnabas Health, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Women@NJPAC, with additional support from Merck Foundation, The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, New Jersey Cultural Trust, Celia Liption Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation Home Community Fund, and DoorDash

Jazz Jams and Matthew Whitaker are part of the TD Jazz Series

Generous support for ArtsXChange is provided by Women@NJPAC

Fitness Fest is part of Newark Fitness Fest

Matthew Whitaker is presented in association with Bethany Jazz Vespers

B.T. Pierson’s Vocation: The Newark City Directory is presented in partnership with the Newark Public Library and Newark History Society

Generous support for Celebrating Historically Black Colleges and Universities is provided by ADP, official Community Engagement Partner of NJPAC, and PSEG Foundation
Additional support provided by Verizon

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