The City of Newark, NJ, ignited its initiative to give locally grown talent and artists a platform to inspire its community at the opening reception for the Open Doors Citywide Festival, held at the Newark Museum on October 11, 2017. Hosted by Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark, NJ, the evening gave leaders of the arts, education and business communities a first look at an exhibit created by students from the Berkeley College Fashion Club in Newark in collaboration with renowned Newark-based designer Marco Hall.
“The Open Doors Citywide Festival is an exciting opportunity for all of us to not just showcase art in our city, but also to show the rest of the country how to advance community by using art,” said Mayor Baraka.
A fashion show at the reception highlighted designs that inspired the contribution from Mr. Hall and the Berkeley College students to the Open Doors Citywide Festival, a signature celebration hosted by the non-profit organization Newark Arts. Titled “Asian Minor,” the exhibit displays an eclectic mix of pattern, prints and colors that embodies the culture and essence of Turkey, Tibet and Mongolia.
“This was a chance for me to not only help bring out the talent and love these students have for fashion, but also to give them a glimpse at the industry from behind the scenes,” said Mr. Hall. “I hope our collaboration gave the students a better sense of the hard work and true passion it takes to achieve your dreams.”
While the Fashion Club is comprised of students from all majors, many members are enrolled in the Berkeley College Fashion Merchandising and Management program, which integrates the creative and business aspects of the fashion industry with current technologies, covering the complete fashion global supply chain.
“Working with someone with as much experience in the fashion industry as Marco taught us how to better work and communicate with each other,” said Camille Brown of East Orange, NJ, President of the Berkeley College Fashion Club in Newark, NJ. “Seeing our efforts implemented and executed was inspirational.”
“Asian Minor” is part of an array of exhibits, screenings, workshops, artist talks, performances, and open studios that are occurring throughout the City of Newark as part of the Open Doors Citywide Festival. Mr. Hall and students’ collaboration will be on display from now until October 15 at the Berkeley College campus in Newark (536 Broad Street).
Click here to view a full listing of events open to the public taking place during the Open Doors Citywide Festival (from October 12 to October 15).
“We are totally committed to involving Newark’s next generation in arts and culture events like this festival, and are glad to have Berkeley College and its talented students as partners,” said Lauren Craig, Marketing Manager, Newark Arts.
“Being a part of an initiative that presents Newark as an arts hub for New Jersey and beyond provides our students access to the arts and resources that will enhance their higher educational experience and prepare them for success in dynamic careers,” said Earl Brown, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College, Newark. Mr. Brown also lauded Anthony Clark, Business Developer with the Office of Career Services at Berkeley College, for his role in facilitating the collaboration between Newark Arts and Berkeley College.
(Above) “Asian Minor,” an exhibit featuring designs stylized by Marco Hall and students from the Berkeley College Fashion Club in Newark, is on display until October 15 at the Berkeley College campus in Newark, 536 Broad Street, as part of the Open Doors Citywide Festival.