Newark Creates 2nd Largest Mural in US

Noelle Frieson, Newark Downtown District,, 917-597-8084
Lena Corbo, Impact Consulting,, 973-220-0048
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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Downtown District Announce
“Gateways to Newark: Portraits”
Longest Mural on the East Coast and Second Longest Mural in the Nation
1.39 mile project along Newark’s Route 21 welcomes visitors, resident and commuters

NEWARK – May 10, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Deputy Mayor of Economic and Housing Development Baye Adofo-Wilson, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation Acting President and CEO Scott Blow, Newark Downtown District CEO Anthony McMillan, will announce the launch of the “Gateways to Newark: Portraits” mural, which, when completed along Newark’s Route 21, will be the second-longest mural in the nation. The announcement will be made at a press conference on Thursday, May 12, at 11 a.m., in the City Hall Press Room, which is located in City Hall’s Room B-29, 920 Broad Street.

The 1.39 mural will be created by nine Newark-based artists and eight from the United States, Peru, Mexico, and Brazil, under the curation of Rebecca Pauline Jampol. When finished, it will be the second-longest in the nation and the longest on the eastern coast.

WHO: Mayor Ras J. Baraka, City of Newark
Deputy Mayor Baye Adofo-Wilson, Dept. of Economic & Housing Development
Scott Blow, Acting President and CEO Newark Community EDC
Anthony McMillan, CEO Newark Downtown District
Rebecca Pauline Jampol, Curator Portraits
Nine Newark-Based Artists
Eight Artists from across the U.S., Peru, Mexico and Brazil
Newark City Council Members

WHAT: Kickoff for longest mural on the East Coast
High res renderings for murals available for media
Artists and Curator available for interviews

WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 2016 11 a.m.

WHERE: City Hall
Press Room
920 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102

MEDIA NOTES: Parking is available in lots and streets in the area.