Newark Arts celebrates ‘Windows to the City’ community unveiling featuring youth artwork

Joseph McQueen, PSE&G; Susan Schear, Newark Arts; John London, PSE&G; Linwood Oglesby; Sheila McKoy, Carmen Santos-Robson, Newark School of the Arts; Jeremy Johnson, Newark Arts. (Photo Credit: Sindy Schz)


“Windows to the City,” a public art project commissioned by Newark Arts and sponsored by PSE&G featuring artwork created by Newark youth, debuted at a
community unveiling on Orchard Street.

The colorful mosaics were created by students from Newark School of the Arts and GlassRoots. They are permanently affixed to planters and bollards that surround the PSE&G Federal Square Switching Station. The decorative images, which represent the young artists’ views of the City of Newark, brighten an industrial city block and have changed the neighborhood for the better.

(Photo Credit: Sindy Schz)

Candida DaSilva, a neighborhood resident, spoke passionately at the event about the impact of the art project on her life and community. Her children were among the young artists.

“This project has had a huge impact on our lives. This is an area where we had small crimes happening and also a lot of prostitution. This project came as a miracle for us, for my neighborhood, for my kids, for the kids that walk through this path to go to school every morning. Since the project started, we have a new community…it’s clean, it’s beautiful,” she said.

“PSE&G is proud to call Newark home for more than 100 years,“ said Calvin Ledford, director of external affairs for PSE&G. “We welcomed the opportunity for our city’s children to beautify a facility that provides safe, reliable electricity to Newark residents.”

“We saw this project as an extension of Newark Arts’ mission to power the arts to transform lives for those who live, work and visit the City of Newark,“ said Susan Schear, deputy director of Newark Arts. “In the spirit of collaboration, we brought together these amazing Newark institutions to inspire the community through the power of creativity.”

“The Newark School of the Arts changes the lives of our youngsters through arts education,” said Carmen Santos-Robson, assistant director of Newark School of the Arts. “We were happy to collaborate on a project in which students are engaged in beautifying Newark.”

“GlassRoots is excited to have provided a learning opportunity for students to translate their images into mosaic fabrication and facilitate a creative process that will last for years to come,” said Katie Witzig, chief operating officer of GlassRoots.