PATERSON, NJ- The Paterson Arts Exchange (PAX) is set to kick off Art Week Thursday.

Running from August 1 until August 7 the week will feature a number of art-inspired get togethers in each of the City’s six wards designed to give residents an opportunity to engage in and grow what many hope will be a renaissance for the Silk City.

Originally relaunched by Mayor Andre Sayegh in 2018 as the Grassroots Arts Commission (GRAC), commissioners recently voted to change the name of the body to more accurately reflect its affiliation with the city, and to better celebrate the work of more traditional grassroots efforts such as Silk City Arts, local poet, and Acting Chair of PAX, Elizabeth Valerde told TAPinto Paterson. 

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The week’s events are being funded through a $5,000 “Incubation Grant” from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, Sayegh announced in February, an effort, he offered hope, that will “make Paterson a  place where arts flourish.”

"The arts have been and always will be a foundation in rebuilding cities," Kyle Hughes, President of Paterson  FMBA Local 2, as well as a writer and actor serving on the PAX told TAPinto Paterson previously. "This outreach effort will give us an even stronger foundation to meet our goal of tapping into what we know is a vast creative community in Paterson, allowing individuals to speak through their talents."

Expanding on the idea that the hoped for outcome of the week is the accumulation of information that PAX can use to develop a roadmap for future engagement was Commissioner Talena Lachelle Queen who, in 2018, was appointed as Paterson’s first Poet Laureate. Through an online survey that Queen shared with TAPinto Paterson residents can share their own artistic experience and background, and weigh in on several arts policy related items.

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