NEWARK – Since 2007, The Barat Youth Initiative has united hundreds of youth from the City of Newark with their Creation Nation Art and Peace Parade. On Oct. 23 at 11 a.m., rain or shine, the fourth annual parade will take over the streets of Newark in a celebration of peace, the arts and “Animodules”; which are the popular Barat Youth Initiative large mobile sculptures.
The Creation Nation Art and Peace Parade is the largest-single art project supported by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
“The Fourth Annual Newark Creation Nation Art and Peace Parade on Sunday, Oct. 23 will be the largest collaborative art event in the history of the city and county,” says Chandri Barat of the Barat Youth Initiative. “This parade will attract hundreds of youth, artists, schools, and community volunteers marching with their art to celebrate peacemaking through artistic collaboration.”
Marching bands from Shabazz High School, Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts, and Irvington High School, will accompany hundreds of students as they march down Broad Street to Washington Park. The Barat Youth Initiative has also enlisted cultural dance groups from Brazil, Portugal and Mexico to join in on the festivities.
“The Creation Nation Art and Peace Parade is set to become a national model – the largest march or art, community unity and peace in the country”, writes Mayor Cory Booker. “ This project is making history in educational reform here in Newark as we invite the ‘village’ back into the raising of our children and collaborate for art in education, peace and our future.”
Through the Creation Nation Parade, The Barat Youth Initiative aims to unite the civic, business and educational sectors of the City of Newark in urban renewal projects by creating “public art by the public”. For additional information on Creation Nation or the parade, visit www.creationnation.info.
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