The Fire Next Time

the fire next time is a semi-stream of consciousness prose work. The piece is inspired by one of Wahi’s favorite book of civil rights era essays by James Baldwin, who wrote The Fire Next Time. Newark is a city with an important legacy of civil rights that is deeply intertwined with the national dialogue. It was important to acknowledge the past, as we look towards the future, and look at the multivalence of angles and perspectives that contribute to shaping this future. 

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A Wall for Us All- Fairmount

The Art Wall, as both outcome and process, forms an example of successful integration of urbanism and art. It must be just the beginning. Self-reliance and self-determination are crucial—for instance through community land trusts, before outside interests take control via land-banking. There are other strategies that can connect artists and neighbors in communities of interest and affect. The city, if so minded, can offer a boost. 

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Legacy- City Without Walls

42 years- until its closing in late 2017, cWOW was a vital space for emerging artists, students and the Newark community at large.  “City Without Walls has meant so much to so many people, I just hope we can reactivate and continue the legacy,” Malik Whitaker says. “The community is booming and we’ve approached the Newark Arts Council to help us in our efforts.”

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