NEWARK, NJ — The first phase to transform facades and surfaces around Newark into art is now complete. 

Fourteen murals have been painted around Treat Place and Beaver Street in Downtown Newark as part of the Four Corners Public Arts' initiative.  

The multi-phase project is a public-private partnership between real estate investment firm Paramount Assets, developer RBH Group, and the City of Newark via Invest Newark, the Newark Downtown District and Newark Arts.

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“Arts and culture make considerable and necessary contributions to the well-being of communities, and it’s been extremely gratifying to see this downtown area come to life with the completion of the project’s initial phase. This collaborative endeavor is a win-win for the artists, City residents and businesses alike," Richard Dunn, senior vice-president of Paramount Assets said.

The Four Corners Public Arts project advocates for impact-driven public arts initiatives in and surrounding Broad Street and Market Street. The partnership evolved out of a common interest to renew blighted areas of the city through the arts, with the goal of cultivating creative communal space for all. 

The initiative will also help mitigate the growing pains associated with development in progress, or construction zones. The first phase was curated by Rebecca Pauline Jampol, co-director of Project for Empty Space and visiting professor at Rutgers University-Newark.

The murals share messages of equity and impact and were inspired by the rich history of Newark, with participating artists responding to site-specific themes. The partnership is planning additional phases and is concluding this inaugural initiative with a call for 2020 proposals.

You can learn more about each mural and the first phase artists at www.fourcornerspublicarts.org.