Arts News

List of 6 news stories.

  • NA Jazz Director Julius Tolentino receives The New Jersey Jazz Education Achievement Award

    Julius Tolentino is not only a talented Jazz musician who has been in the New York Jazz scene for more than 20 years, but a galvanizing educator. Working at Newark Academy since 2006, Julius has been recognized for his educational efforts as a recipient of the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE) Achievement Award.

    The NJAJE states that the award goes to "a New Jersey jazz educator who has demonstrated the highest standards of teaching excellence and dedication to the jazz education community."

    "I am honored and humbled to receive this year’s Jazz Education Achievement Award from the NJAJE," Julius said. "As a high school student I was fortunate to be involved in Jazz Regions and All-States, as well as the state festivals because I had an awesome middle school and high school band director. This award has been given to several heavyweight Jazz Educators in NJ, and I hope to do them and NJAJE proud with my continued efforts.”
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  • 16th Annual NA Community Art Exhibit Taking Submissions

    The Arts Department is accepting submissions for the 16th Annual NA Community Art Exhibit, entitled HOUSE & HOME. How do the habitats we build reflect our inner states?  What makes a house a home and what images or symbols relay that sentiment?  The notion of home can include dwellings of all kinds, such as habitats made by creatures in the natural world. You may work in any medium and there are no limitations in regard to size. We will be accepting works the weeks of December 17–20 and January 7–9. All submitted works must be exhibit ready. For questions, contact Elaine Brodie at ext. 222. 
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  • NA Set for Fall Dance Concert

    Please join us for the Fall Dance Concert on November 17 at 7 p.m. All Middle and Upper School dance classes will perform in a variety of styles. The Digital Photography Class and Film Class will show their photographs and videos of the Advanced/IB Dance Class to start the show. Come see what amazing work these 90 students have done throughout the fall! Contact Yvette Luxenberg at or at 973-992-700 x291 for more information.
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  • NA Presents The Laramie Project This Weekend

    Newark Academy’s Arts Department presents The Laramie Project as this year’s fall drama on November 1, 2 and 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Rose Auditorium.
    The Laramie Project is based on the true story of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student who, in October 1998, was beaten to death in Laramie, Wyoming. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states, including Wyoming.

    “We first staged this challenging play back in 2002, and now we are bringing it back to the NA stage in honor of the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death,” Newark Academy Arts Department Chair Elaine Brodie says. 
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  • AIDS Memorial Quilt to be Displayed at Newark Academy

     When Sophie Licostie ’19 was 8 years old, she spent the summer in Washington D.C., while one of her moms, Nadine, was working on a documentary on the AIDS epidemic, The Last One. That summer, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was on display in the Capital City.
    “I was pretty young, but I got to meet a lot of interesting people and the entire event had a big impact on me,” Sophie recalled. “I remember in particular learning that each panel is the size of a human grave, and that was a fact that really resonated with me. I've been entertaining the idea of bringing the quilt to NA for a few years now, and as this is my senior year, I felt it is my last opportunity to bring it in for the school.”
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  • Newark Academy to Welcome Kenny Rampton

    NA’s Arts Department will welcome renowned trumpeter Kenny Rampton, who will be working with students through a combination of school day visits, a performance, and evening band rehearsals with NA Big Band and NA’s celebrated Jazz Band, Chameleon, from October 15 -18, 2018.
    Kenny joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2010, as well as performs with the Mingus Big Band, The Mingus Orchestra, The Mingus Dynasty, George Gruntz’ Concert Jazz Band, and The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, and also leads his own sextet. His career highlights include touring around the world with The Ray Charles Orchestra in 1990, and Broadway credits from Chicago: The Musical and The Producers.
    Here’s the schedule of Kenny’s visit to NA:
    • October 15: Visiting classes
    • October 16: Working with NA Big Band
    • October 17: Kenny performs in Middle School Commons
    • October 18: Visiting classes and working with Chameleon
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2018-19 Arts Events

Art Exhibit by Jordan Matter: Born to Dance
October 16 – November 20
Fall Drama: The Laramie Project
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 1 – 3, 7:00 p.m.
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Fall Dance Concert
Saturday, November 17, 7:00 p.m.
IB/Advanced Student Art Reception
Thursday, December 6, 2:30 p.m.
7th and 8th Grade Winter Instrumental Concert
Thursday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.
Winter Wind Ensemble & Jazz Concert
Saturday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.
Winter Choral Concert
Wednesday, December 12, 7:30 p.m.
6th Grade Instrumental & Choral Concert
Wednesday, December 19, 4:30 p.m.

Community Art Exhibit
January 16 – February 14,
Reception: Wednesday, January 16, 2:30 p.m.
Upper School Orchestra and Chamber Group Concert
Thursday, January 17, 7:00 p.m.
Winter Musical
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 28 – March 2, 7:00 p.m.
Evening of Jazz for Newtown
Friday, April 5, 7:00 p.m.
Upper School Spring Choral Concert
Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
IB/Advanced Acting Evening of Theater
Friday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.
Upper School Spring Instrumental Concert
Sunday, April 28, 3:00 p.m.
Middle School Evening of the Arts
Thursday, May 2,
Art Reception: 6:00 p.m. Concert: 7:00 p.m.
Upper School Choral Cabaret
Saturday, May 4, 7:00 p.m.
Middle School Play
Thursday, Friday, May 9 – 10, 7:00 p.m.
Spring Dance Concert
Thursday, May 23, 7:00 p.m.