Where's Your Tree? Receives 2023 Newark Arts Start Grant
Newark, NJ — Where's Your Tree? is thrilled to announce its selection as a recipient of the 2023 Newark Arts Start Grant program. This grant recognizes and supports the emerging non-profit organization's commitment to advocacy and urban green initiatives.
Pamela Booker, the non-profit's Founder-Director, offers: "The awarded funds will be allocated to an exciting project, Squash & Shekere: Making Music in the Garden. These workshops engage families in a unique and enriching experience, where participants learn to decorate Shekeres crafted from dried gourds and intricately woven beads into net coverings that produce rhythmic-percussive sounds. Community participants also explore this musical instrument's rich African "roots" and "routes" through interactive song-making sessions.
Renowned percussionist, musician, and video artist Ahmondylla Best will lead these workshops. Drawing from her extensive repertoire, participants will gain a foundational understanding of the Shekere's technical aspects, enabling them to personalize their designs. The workshops culminate in directed and spontaneous performances where participants can play their custom-crafted instruments, showcasing the versatility of gourds, initially grown as squash, which nourish local communities while serving as musical instruments for celebrated performers.
The Newark ArtStart Grant Program, in existence since 2001, has consistently played a vital role in catalyzing cultural activities within the vibrant Newark arts community by awarding mini-grants to community members, schools, non-profits, and individual artists.
COMMUNITY BUILDING! + MAKING FRIENDS! Workshop participant Ginger shares her Shekere-making technique in the "Squash & Shekere: Making Music in the Garden" workshop with facilitator Ahmondylla Best!
This workshop was funded by NewarkArts.org
WATCH! A SEEDS & BERRIES GRIEF RELIEF PROJECT READING BY MIA X
Art Therapist/Poet Mia X holding court and moving us through the work of healing. Watch, listen, be inspired.
We look forward to creating sustainable, eco-art “events” in the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic. Community engagement and celebration with trees/gardens/natural habitats, support “Communal grieving... something…we cannot do by ourselves...where healing is deeply and profoundly freeing.”
This project,to be done in partnership with local growers and residents, is a first-step measure that creates a restorative forum that honors collective loss, and “mediating tools” that affirm a more sustainable future.
Where's Your Tree? FoundPamela Booker is connecting the community with local black and brown urban farmers and amplifying conversations about urban ecosystems. When she made the move from Brooklyn, New York to Newark, New Jersey, she had a vision to be a contributing urban grower with liberation storytelling.
Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education
2020 Annual Conference
The Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE) is thrilled to announce its first virtual conference! The conference will be held on three successive Fridays. Each day will showcase a keynote speaker and presentations from an international roster of educators from art, design and entrepreneurship. Speakers include: William Gartner, Aaron Dworkin, and Pamela Booker.
An afternoon with Pamela Booker, Land Art Generator, and Aaron Lazansky-Olivas aka DJ SpazeCraft One.
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Advocate and partner for restorative urban green initiatives.
All Photo Gallery images & Video by P. Booker (c.) 2019-2023