Upcoming Events


Ideas & conversation with Richard Cammarieri, Torkwase Dyson, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Julia Rabig, Caitlin Tucker-Melvin & Sharon Zukin

November 5 @ 2pm, Locating the Ark Part 1
@ Gallery Aferro
73 Market Street Newark, NJ

6 artists, scholars, activists contextualize the story of Kea’s Ark of Newark: a Life in Works at Gallery Aferro, delving into topics including but by no means limited to: artist-built environments, land use politics, the spatial imagination, non-institutional archiving and protest, gentrifcation, shelter, and so much more. Join us to explore the exhibit and be part of an important local and national conversation. FREE but please rsvp here

RICHARD CAMMARIERI is Director of special projects at New Community Corporation, Newark. He was born, raised and remains a lifelong resident of Newark with a long family history in the city that began with the immigration of his maternal grandfather from Southern Italy in 1899. He is employed with the New Community Corporation (NCC) with a focus on Resident Organizing, Civic Engagement and Public Policy Awareness and Advocacy initiatives. In addition he oversees the NCC Federal Credit Union Youth and Adult Financial Literacy Training programs. He has had extensive experience in Newark grassroots community organizing and neighborhood policy development. Previous positions include Executive Director for the Newark Coalition for Neighborhoods and Associate Director for Economic Initiatives, Newark Fighting Back Partnership. He currently serves as the Chairperson for the Newark Community Development Network and chairs the Master Plan Working Group Coalition. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Quest Youth Services program in Newark and an Executive Committee member of the Newark Branch NAACP and is a Board member of the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District in Newark. Previous Board affiliations include the chairperson of the Fair Lending Coalition of N.J. and founding Board member of the Community Loan Fund of N.J. He has served as an elected member of the Newark. Public Schools Advisory Board, where he chaired the Facilities Committee and served on the Finance and Curriculum Committees. He is a jazz aficionado and published poet who has had featured readings in Newark, surrounding towns and in various venues in New York City. He has served as the poetry editor for the Newark Arts Council Newsletter. He graduated from Rutgers-Newark with a Bachelors Degree in English.

TORKWASE DYSON was born in Chicago Il, and spent her developmental years between North Carolina and Mississippi. Living back and forth between these regions she developed sensitivity towards architecture, mobility, and urbanism. During her 5 years at Tougalloo College she majored in Sociology, and double minored in Social Work and Fine Art. Here she began to examine painting, black history and environmental justice. In the next 10 years Dyson traveled to Africa and South and Central America to participate with artists and activists on human rights issues of natural resources, historic visibility, and spatial equality. These experiences inspire Dyson’s investigations around nomadicity, representation, data visualization, and site. Dyson distills the language of architecture and landscape architecture to generate an idiosyncratic language that is both meditative and structural. The works are deconstructions of natural and built environments that consider how individuals negotiate and negate various types of systems and systemic order. Dyson’s work has been exhibited at Postmasters Gallery, Kravets Webhy, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Dyson has been awarded the Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, Visiting Artist grant to the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practices, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center Fellowship, and the FSP/Jerome Fellowship. Dyson’s work has also been supported by The Laundromat Projects, the Green Festival of New York, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, The Kitchen, and the Rebuild Foundation. In 2016 Dyson was elected to the board of the Architecture League of New York as Vice President of Visual Arts. Torkwase is now based in Brooklyn, New York and is a visiting critic at Yale School of Art and Pratt Institute.

KAMEELAH JANAN RASHEED (b. 1985, East Palo Alto, CA) is an artist, writer, and former public school social studies teacher. A 2006 Amy Biehl U.S. Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, Rasheed holds an Ed.M (2008) in Secondary Education from Stanford University as well as a BA (2006) in Public Policy and Africana Studies from Pomona College. She has exhibited her work at Jack Shainman Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, BRIC Art Gallery, Weeksville Heritage Museum, Smack Mellon Gallery, Vox Populi Gallery, MoCADA, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Leroy Neiman Gallery, the Soap Factory, among others. Currently, she is an artist in residence at Smack Mellon and on faculty at SVA. Selected residencies, fellowships, and honors include: Creative Exchange Lab at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2016), Keyholder Residency at Lower East Side Print Studio (2015), Commissioned Artist, Triple Canopy Commissions at New York Public Library Labs (2015), Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue Grant (2015), A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, Queens Museum Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship (2015), Process Space Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency (2015), Artist in the Marketplace – Bronx Museum Participant (2015), Art Matters Grantee (2014), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grantee (2014), New Museum R&D: Choreography Seminar Participant (2014), Vermont Studio Center Residency (2014), Working Classroom Teaching Artist (2014).

JULIA RABIG is a historian and the author of The Fixers: Devolution, Development, and Civil Society in Newark, 1960-1990 and co-editor with Laura Warren Hill of The Business of Black Power: Community Development, Capitalism, and Corporate Responsibility. She is a lecturer at Dartmouth College and has also taught at Amherst College, Boston University, and the University of Rochester.

SHARON ZUKIN is professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Among her books are Loft Living: Capital and Culture in Urban Change, Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney World (winner of the C. Wright Mills Award), The Cultures of Cities, Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places (winner of the Jane Jacobs Award for Urban Communication), and most recently, Global Cities, Local Streets, written with Philip Kasinitz, Xiangming Chen, and a team of research partners from New York to Shanghai.

CAITLIN TUCKER-MELVIN is an artist and curator currently based in North Adams, MA where she is the Visual Arts Exhibitions Manager at MASS MoCA. Tucker-Melvin holds an MFA (2014) in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA (2007) in Curatorial Studies from Moore College of Art & Design.

Tucker-Melvin has made exhibitions at the Arlington Arts Center, the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore. Formerly, she managed the estate of William S. Dutterer. In her practice, Tucker-Melvin focuses on audience engagement, and making the artist’s process clear for viewers.

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Ark of Bones

November 7 @ 6:30pm
@ Gallery Aferro
73 Market Street Newark, NJ

Free, but registration is required at eventbrite.com

Through a reading of selections from and a discussion of the late Henry Dumas’s influential short story “Ark of Bones” and his other works, writers and critics Evie Shockley and Carter Mathes (Rutgers-New Brunswick) and John Keene (Rutgers-Newark) will explore the connections between the late author’s imaginative writing and the cultural ferment behind Kea Tawana’s Ark of Newark. Shockley, Mathes and Keene will delve into Dumas’s and Kea’s critical reimaginings of mid-century urbanism, and the visionaries’ grounding of their works in the art of the vernacular.


Evie Shockley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.  She is the author of Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (Iowa, 2011), and several collections of poetry, most recently including the new black (Wesleyan, 2011), winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, and semiautomatic (Wesleyan, forthcoming 2017).  Her poems and essays have appeared internationally in such journals and anthologies as Boston Review, boundary 2, American Periodicals, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2015, Best American Experimental Writing 2015, Callaloo, Contemporary Literature, Los Angeles Review of Books, pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture, and What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America. Her honors include the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Poetry and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize, and her work has been supported by fellowships from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the American Council of Learned Societies, as well as residencies from Hedgebrook, the MacDowell Colony, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She serves as creative writing editor for Feminist Studies.

Carter Mathes is a specialist in African American Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, and African Diaspora Studies. His first book, Imagine the Sound: Experimental African American Literature After Civil Rights (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) focuses on the relationship between sound and literary innovation during the 1960s and 1970s. He has also co-edited (with Mae G. Henderson) a volume on Black Arts Movement writer and critic Larry Neal, “Don’t Say Goodbye to the Porkpie Hat”: The Larry Neal Critical Reader (University of Illinois Press, 2017). Currently, he is directing the Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies, and is beginning a study of black radical thought in literature and music as it moves between Jamaica and the United States during the second half of the twentieth-century. His next project will focus on issues of race, literary form, and political critique in post-1945 American literature. He has published essays in Small Axe, Contemporary Literature, Callaloo, and African American Review.

John Keene is the author of the novel Annotations (New Directions); the art-text collection Seismosis (1913 Press) with artist Christopher Stackhouse; the short fiction collection Counternarratives (New Directions), which was named to “Best Fiction of 2015” lists and received a 2016 American Book Award; and the art-text collaboration with photographer Nicholas Muellner, GRIND (ITI Press).  He has also published a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst’s novel Letters from a Seducer (Nightboat Books / A Bolha Editora), and has exhibited his artwork in Brooklyn and Berlin.  A longtime member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a graduate fellow of Cave Canem, he currently serves on the board of the African Poetry Book Fund, and teaches in the departments of English and African American and African Studies, which he chairs, and also is a core faculty member in the MFA Program in Creative Writing, at Rutgers University-Newark.

November 12 @ 5pm, Locating the Ark Part 2:

Screenings and Discussion with Margot Niederland, Broken Angel, and Tiona McClodden/Harriet’s Gun Media, KILO | Iba se 99.

Second Sundays at the Newark Museum with Gallery Aferro

Newark Museum through the Eyes of Gallery Aferro Artists
Sunday November 13th 1:30pm, meet in the South Wing Rotunda with Lisette Morel & Ayana Evans

Second Sundays at the Newark Museum with Gallery Aferro

Newark Museum through the Eyes of Gallery Aferro Artists
Sunday December 11th 1:30pm, meet in the South Wing Rotunda with Dominique Duroseau

December 17 @ 3pm, Closing Reception and 8th Annual Potluck with listening party for radio play, and performance by Newark Boys Chorus, and other guests.


Yoga with I’m So Yoga Newark

Every Thursday, 7pm @ Gallery Aferro


Drawing Skills

Hosted by Peter Dougherty
Weekly from September 27th to December 15th @ Gallery Aferro

Classes: Ages 15 – 20: Thursdays 4-6pm $7
Ages 21+: Tuesdays 6-9:30pm $15
Sign up by clicking here!

People’s Open Mic

In collaboration with Essential Elements Collective
73 Market Street, Gallery Aferro
First and Third Wednesday of every month @ 7pm

People’s Open Mic is Newark’s longest continuously running open mic. It’s permanent home is now at Gallery Aferro in Downtown Newark and will occur every first and third Wednesday of every month starting at 7pm. All performance types are welcome.

“I dream of a better world and I build it with a collection of beautiful souls and creators at The People’s Open Mic” Mia X, host of People’s Open Mic

Margie ‘Mia X’ Johnson is the producer of Hug the Block, a public art experience where poets, artists, and musicians gather to add color, life, love and hip hop to her Newark neighborhood.

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Market on Market

Market on Market is a fun and exciting monthly artisanal flea market in Downtown Newark NJ. Modeled after other fantastic markets, Market on Market offers handmade, upcycled, recycled and antique items as well as workshops and musical events. Over 40 vendors attend the market, and although some come back for each market, there is always a good rotation of new vendors each month. New vendors and arts programming scheduled during the event means each market is a unique and exciting experience so don’t miss it!

Market on Market will be on hiatus for the summer but will return for a special holiday market on December 3rd, more info coming soon!

Questions, Vendor info & Inquiries? Contact Rachel Mandel at market@aferro.org