(Photo: Mayor Ras J. Baraka (third from left) photographed with Marco Hall, Newark-based fashion designer (fourth from right); Camille Brown of East Orange, NJ, President of the Berkeley College Fashion Club in Newark (second from right); Earl Brown, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College, Newark; and models)
The City of Newark is considered one of the top ten destinations for arts and culture, so it’s only appropriate it offers local talent and artists a platform.
Mayor Ras Baraka hosted an opening reception for the Open Doors Citywide Festival at the Newark Museum. 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 Baraka.
Hall’s designs and contributions to the Open Doors Citywide Festival were highlighted during a fashion show at the reception. The exhibit, “Asian Minor,” 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 Hall. “I hope our collaboration gave the students a better sense of the hard work and true passion it takes to achieve your dreams.”
The Open Doors Citywide Festival is a signature celebration hosted by Newark Arts, a non-profit organization.
“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, Newark Arts marketing manager.
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.
“Asian Minor” is part of an array of exhibits, screenings, workshops, artist talks, performances, and open studios that will be highlighted throughout Newark during the festival. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 15 at the Berkeley College campus in Newark (536 Broad Street).