Cherry Blossoms in Winter

Cherry Blossoms in Winter was a multimedia public art project that engaged the energies of citizens, students, teachers and artists to produce an inspiring scene of wonder.  Hundreds of bare cherry trees in winter were the sites for temporary art and sound installations, creating an unforgettable spectacle.  

The project participants came from K-12 Newark schools, senior citizen groups, undergraduates at Rutgers University Newark, and faculty from the Arts, Culture and Media department, as well as artists from Newark, the region, and other countries. A spirit of renewal marked the vision.

Inspired by the 2005 Central Park installation, "The Gates" by Christo and Jeanne Claude, Essex County Branch Brook Park hosted the exhibition in December 2016 closing the year-long celebration of the 350th anniversary of the city of Newark. 

*installations ran 12.1.16- 1.1.17

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©Rutgers University, Newark. Photographer: Josh Gerritsen

©Rutgers University, Newark. Photographer: Josh Gerritsen


Rutgers - newark campus

Welcome to Rutgers University in Newark. On two separate campuses in the city of Newark -- the Rutgers University-Newark Campus and the Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark -- Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, distinguishes itself as one of the nation’s most esteemed public research universities.




The paul robeson Gallery + more

The Paul Robeson Galleries exhibitions, openings and lectures bring together city and college ‐ establishing a common social/aesthetic experience  while its visual literacy programs enrich the greater Newark community.  The galleries’ Art in Society program offers school tours and workshops, while ArtMoves is a gallery educational outreach program bringing arts, arts education, and arts therapy to communities and audiences not having ready access to the arts.




Express Newark

Co-working Art Space

Express Newark is a university–community collaboratory in Newark’s historic Hahne & Company building. A conceptual framework and an interdisciplinary learning space, Express Newark houses The Newest Americans, the Form Design Studio, the Design Consortium, Visual Means, Shine Portrait Studio, the Community Media Center, Scarlet Magazine, the Newark Print Shop, the Paul Robeson Galleries, and twenty-two resident artists in printmaking, photography, painting and video.




on campus / around town

The mission of the Department of Economic and Housing Development is to create economic opportunity for Newark residents and enhance the vibrancy of our city. To this end, the department seeks to position Newark to take advantage of its unique assets, including its strategic location, a diverse and underutilized workforce, a large amount of developable land, concentration of corporate and business service firms, several major universities, and a wealth of arts and cultural assets.

Cherry Blossom Land

"Each spring, more than 4,000 cherry trees produce a panoply of blossoms - celebrated annually in a festival attracting many thousands of visitors from home and abroad. In fact, the park has the largest collection of Japanese flowering trees in one location in the United States." 

- Branch Brook Park Alliance