Newark School of the Arts Thanks Its 45th Anniversary Sponsors, Honorees and Presenters
This year's honorees included Jacques Lacombe, Music Director, NJ Symphony Orchestra; Dr. Clement A. Price, Newark Historian, Rutgers University Professor; and Mary Sue Sweeney Price, Director, Newark Museum.
The Newark School of the Arts Celebrates its 45th Anniversary
In 1968, the Newark School of the Arts opened its doors with 75 students ready to learn and appreciate the art of music. The concept of NSA was the brainchild of two public school educators, Stella Lass and Saunders Davis, whose vision was to encourage Newark to become a more musical city. The faculty and students were able to turn a once neglected brownstone on Lincoln Park into a hub for arts and creativity.
Spotlight on: Lori A. Scott-Pickens, Vice President Newark School of the Arts' Board of Trustees
Growing up among 11 other siblings, there was plenty of organized chaos in the Newark home of Lori A. Scott-Pickens. But, she says, her mom was able to keep some organization by the collective love of music.
"Out of the 12 of us, only 5 could play musical instruments," Scott-Pickens says. After teaching her own children, Lori's mother would give voice and piano lessons for extra income.
NSA Honored Hayes Johnson on December 1
A Musical Tribute was held in honor of the late Mr. Johnson on Saturday, December 1 at the school's New Hall. Mr. Johnson had been a guitar teacher at NSA for 42 years, and has left a permanent mark on generations of students.
Mr. Johnson, described as a man with an 18 karat gold personality, is a proud son and product of Newark. He was a jazz artist and Guitar/Bass extraordinaire. His teacher, Warren Baptiste, also a faithful faculty lifetime member, describes him as a quiet, sensitive and passionate musician and performer. He remembers him as a young man, around seventeen to eighteen years old, who possessed an ardent desire to learn to play the guitar.
NSA Showcased Students at Open House on December 4
Supporters, colleagues and friends of the NSA enjoyed an open house at the school on Tuesday, December 4, when they had an opportunity to meet with staff and school leaders, while witnessing first-hand how the school is making a difference.
The evening included wine and hors d'oeuvres, as attendees saw a showcase of student talent. Tours of the school were offered, as well as a brief presentation highlighting key accomplishments.
Teen Donates Drums to NSA
Fourteen-year-old Drew Panson attends The Pennington School. He recently donated his drum set and that of his friend Jack Paley to the Newark School of the Arts. Drew enjoys listening to current pop and rap music. In addition to his interest in music, he spends time training and playing baseball. We appreciate his generosity!