Newark New Media 2010, the third season of City Without Walls’ (cWOW) artist residency and apprenticeship program at the cutting edge of digital technology and contemporary art, premieres Thursday, June 17, 2010, 4-6 p.m. with a screening and public reception in Prudential Center’s Verizon Tower. The program will air on Prudential Center’s outdoor marquee through July 31, 2010, and can be seen by millions of passing vehicular, rail, and pedestrian commuters and residents.
“Letting master new media artists mentor Newark teenagers through digital arts, and displaying the fruits of their collaboration in a prominent public space is what City Without Walls is all about,” says cWOW Executive Director Ben Goldman.
Newark New Media artists in residents receive a major exhibition and collaborate with high-school apprentices from Newark Public Schools in a semester-long after school program that helps ready teenagers for 21st Century creative careers. This year, cWOW partnered with the Student Advancement Center which is sponsored by The Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and NewarkWORKS to produce the program, Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils to host the program and display the art, and received additional support from the Prudential Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and others.
Newark New Media 2010 artists in residence include Ben Pranger and Claire Jervert, each of whom worked with students from Barringer High School, Andrew Teheran, who worked with students from East Side High School, and Pamela Boyce Simms, founder of Spotlight on Girls Television & New Media Consortium, whose youth team came from Science High, Arts High, East Side High and the Newark Public Schools Office of Alternative Education.
cWOW is a non-profit urban gallery for emerging art that advances the careers of artists while expanding the audience for contemporary art. Our award-winning exhibition and education programs use art and technology to help build communities, careers, and contemporary culture. Based in Newark since 1975, cWOW is New Jersey’s oldest nonprofit contemporary art space, and a three-time winner of the prestigious NJ State Council on the Arts “Citation of Excellence.” It is easily accessible by car, mass transit, or online. A full schedule of showings for Newark New Media 2010 will be posted at www.cwow.org.