Once settled into the new site, we went into the city to tour Express Newark. I think their website says it best:
“Express Newark is a university–community collaboratory in Newark’s historic Hahne & Company building… At Express Newark, artists and community residents collaborate, experiment, and innovate in partnership with Rutgers University – Newark faculty, staff, and students with the goals of engaging in public work, creative practice, and democratic dialogue in order to promote positive transformation.”
Recognizing the potential for creatives to retreat into their own little bubbles, Express Newark’s thought-out intent and mission to engage the Newark community creates an open environment that we felt while touring the facility. As we were shown room after room of 3D printing, video-production studios, classrooms, artist studios, among a variety of other creative spaces, we were warmly greeted by all. The energy was infectious at Express Newark which we felt as we settled in to an artist studio space for a day of prep work and planning.