activating vacant spaces with artistic vision
Started in 2013 Artfront Galleries has grown from a loose coalition of working artists centered in Newark to a registered New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation in 2016 recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3). The mission of Artfront Galleries is to promote temporary, not for profit art galleries that serve as a transformative social and educational tool in urban environments.
Artfront Galleries MISSION
begin to revivify blighted business districts through the transformative value of art. Expected outcome – better sales at nearby small businesses as a result of increased pedestrian traffic. More lights on and activity will reduce the instances of petty crime.
give under served populations access to enriching cultural experiences. Expected outcome – Local residents will visit the gallery and attend spoken word performances. Curators and interns will interact with visitors to discuss the art displayed.
educate interested local young adults in the business of art. Expected outcome – attract interested high school students to participate as interns. Interns will learn and execute assigned tasks; develop a general understanding of art displayed; and, interact with gallery visitors.
provide new venues for artists to display and sell their work Expected outcome – approximately 10 artists will display at each pop up gallery. 30% of the artists will be from outside the immediate area. The purpose is to attract their customers to the neighborhood so that they can come to see the area as an art destination.
demonstrate a repeatable process that can be exported to other depressed neighborhoods. Expected outcome – Liked minded artists and community groups will replicate the process in other neighborhoods.
Artfront Galleries BOARD MEMBERS
Founder & CFO
Board of Directors
Board Member and Curator
Co-founder and Secretary