“Portraits” celebrates the uniqueness and oneness of our City. The murals honor our rich history, cultural intersections, and narratives of day-to-day life here in Newark. The images represent a powerful, yet entertaining and spirited, compilation of visual expressions.”

Mayor Ras J. Baraka – City of Newark

“The Gateways to Newark project—and specifically the Portraits mural—will have a monumental impact on people’s perceptions of the City. Portraits represents our continued commitment to our partners, residents, Mayor Baraka and the City to develop downtown Newark.”

Anthony McMillan – CEO, NDD

“These murals not only enhance our city’s entryways, but also serve as strong visual reminders of the creativity, commitment and authenticity of the 330,000 people that work and live in Newark. While Portraits will be completed in a few short weeks, they are sure to stimulate the City’s economy for decades.”

Deputy Mayor EHD Baye Adofo-Wilson – City of Newark

“We are proud to partner with the City and the downtown district in cultivating Newark’s social and economic capital. We understand and value the role of the arts in stimulating economic growth and look forward to supporting future Gateways to Newark.

Scott A. Blow – CEO, NCEDC