Our Town

Ironbound Community Corporation

Newark, New Jersey




Gropu of children posing on a walkbooard along a river.

Members of the Newark Orange Boardwalk Focus Group. The group, who mainly live in Newark's Central and West Wards, helped devise ideas for the August 3 opening celebration of the riverfront and how to attract young people from across the city to the river's edge. Photo by Damon Rich courtesy of Newark Riverfront Revival.

The NEA grant will support Newark Riverfront Revival, a series of performances, cultural activities, and design and planning workshops related to Newark's Passaic riverfront. Building on the recent completion of the city's first riverfront park, the project will connect Newark's diverse populations to this new civic space through cross-cultural programming that reflects the music and dance traditions of Newark and its residents. Design workshops and a series of tours available to schools, community groups, block associations, and interested residents will engage participants in architecture-based participatory planning, and community improvement activities to imagine the future of the riverfront. Ironbound Community Corporation and the Newark Public Art Program have worked in partnership for four years to revitalize Newark's riverfront, which for decades suffered from neglect and underutilization. The project will benefit Newark's 273,546 residents.