The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation is giving a grant of $100,000 to a pair of Newark non-profit organizations that advocate for the Lincoln Park neighborhood in the city’s central ward.
The community organizations will hold several meetings to hear how residents would like to use the grant. Anthony Smith of Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District expects an insightful response.
“We’re doing door to door surveys, but we are also having community forums. We want to share and really let people have their voice count. Their voice is going to be heard,” Smith said. “It’s always about quality of life issues but one of the things we know we’ll hear from residents is how we can reimagine the park, the green space. A park is a place where people convene. We’re going to talk about public safety and the rebranding of Lincoln Park.”
Mayor Ras Baraka says the arts are a major contributor to Newark’s renaissance.
“Whether you’re talking about the film festival, murals, or the art that is happening here. All of the galleries that are existing in this city. These things are very important for the development of any city; It’s economic life, social life, it’s cultural life,” Baraka said.
26-year-old central ward resident Jarrett Adams wants to see the grant money put towards community initiatives.
“A lot more murals and maybe some programming when it comes to Lincoln Park. Military Park has some programming already where they do stuff on every Wednesday and Friday night. We would like to see that in Lincoln Park as well.”