NEWARK — The Barat Youth Initiative, in collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey, will host the fifth annual BYI Creation Nation Art and Peace Parade in Newark on Sunday, Oct. 21. The parade is the largest collaborative youth art event in the state.
The parade features the ‘Animodules’ ™ Newark’s Good Will Peace Ambassadors. These student- and artist-created sculptures were crafted by over 2,000 youth in 40 Newark schools working directly with professional artists. This year’s parade goal includes bringing schools from each of New Jersey’s 21 counties to Newark, making the parade a state-wide celebration of New Jersey’s children and their creativity. More than 10,000 participants and spectators are expected, organizers say.
“Our vision is to establish a parade which is comparable to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade here in New Jersey, only this parade will feature artwork by our youth,” said Chandri Barat, executive director of the Barat Youth Initiative.
The Barat Youth Initiative and Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey will also host a kick-off reception on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Barat Foundation at 765 Broad Street in Newark. The event is honoring “Creators” Willie Cole, renowned Newark contemporary artist; Mark Valli, NJ After 3 Founding President & CEO; Catherine Milone, President of Junior Achievement; and Lorraine Gibbons, founder of Garden State Urban Farms. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served along with a special preview showcase of the ‘Animodules’ for display at the parade the following week. Tickets are $25 and directly support the Barat Youth Initiative and Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey’s initiatives across the state.
To purchase tickets to the kick-off reception, visit www.preventchildabusenj.org or call 1-800-CHILDREN.
For further information regarding the parade or to volunteer, visit www.baratfoundation.org or call 1-973-353-0003
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