GlassRoots - Newark Glass Arts Center
GlassRoots - Newark Glass Arts Center
GlassRoots - Newark Glass Arts Center
GlassBall 2024

GlassBall 2024
Celebrate Glass Art and Creativity
on June 5th!

Mark your calendars and join us on June 5th at the Newark Museum of Art for our 2024 GlassBall! A celebration of glass art, local artists and creativity in vibrant Newark, NJ, the GlassBall is GlassRoots’ largest fundraising event of the year. Begin the evening in GlassRoots studios as our Teaching Artists showcase the ancient art of glassblowing and continue the festivities at the The Newark Museum of Art for cocktails, curator-led tours of the newly restored Ballantine House, dinner and the presentation of our Sparking Change Awards.

With the spring season in full swing, our Teaching Artists are busy creating our signature glass orbs and perfecting each handmade Sparking Change Award for our valued honorees. This year, GlassRoots is thrilled to announce our GlassBall Honorees: Linda Morgan, Executive Vice President, RBH Group and fayemi shakur, Arts and Cultural Affairs Director, City of Newark!

Visit GlassRootsGlassBall.org to learn more about the event and purchase your tickets or sponsorship. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience two esteemed Newark institutions behind-the-scenes and celebrate our distinguished honorees!

You’re Invited! Wednesday, June 5th, 5 – 9pm
5:00 pm GlassRoots Open House
Experience the Magic of Glassblowing

6:00 pm The Newark Museum of Art
Cocktails and Tours of The Newly Restored Ballantine House

Dinner and Awards

Linda Morgan, Honoree
Executive Vice President, RBH Group
fayemi shakur, Honoree
Arts and Cultural Affairs Director, City of Newark

fayemi shakur

HONOREE
fayemi shakur

fayemi shakur is a writer, interdisciplinary artist and arts advocate residing in Newark, New Jersey. She currently serves as Arts and Cultural Affairs Director for the City of Newark. She has held appointments as Visiting Lecturer at Rutgers University-Newark, Department of Art, Culture and Media and Artist Advisory Council Member for Newark Arts. As a cultural critic and interdisciplinary artist, her writing has been featured in national and international outlets including The New York Times, Hyperallergic, CNN Style, VICE, The International Review of African American Art, Nueva Luz Photographic Journal, HYCIDE magazine, and MFON: Women Photographers in the African Diaspora among other publications. In 2019, she founded A Womb of Violet, a project-based collective of Black women writers, poets and interdisciplinary artists. The collective published an anthology and also created a 10-story mural, “Magnitude and Bond” in partnership with The Four Corners Public Arts Project and muralists Layqa Nuna Yawar and Kelley Prevard. She has served as a leader in the Newark arts community for over 15 years, previously as Executive Director at City Without Walls gallery; Marketing and Public Program Manager at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art; and co-founder of The Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival. fayemi is committed to cultural organizing, mentorship, and engaging programming that explores art that challenges the way we see and experience the world, ourselves and each other.

Linda Morgan

HONOREE
Linda Morgan

Linda Morgan is Executive Vice President at the real estate development firm RBH Group, LLC located in downtown Newark, NJ. She leads predevelopment, public relations, and project management of the firm’s Teachers Village projects and other social impact investments in Opportunity Zones across the country. Ms. Morgan has over 25 years’ experience in urban planning, brownfields redevelopment, and project management of complex redevelopment initiatives in the New York-New Jersey region and nationally. Representative projects in New Jersey include the Teachers Village and AeroFarms/Makers Village, and Rutgers-Newark Honors Living-Learning Community projects in downtown Newark, and the Jersey Gardens Mall and Bayonne golf course brownfield redevelopments. In her former role as Director of the NJ Office of Regional Plan Association, Ms. Morgan spearheaded creation of the Newark Downtown District business improvement district and the Lincoln Park Arts District.

Ms. Morgan, AICP, holds a BA in Government from Smith College and an MPA in Public Affairs and Urban Planning from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs. She is active in community affairs and serves in leadership roles on several advisory boards promoting arts, education and placemaking in the urban environment.

GlassBall 2024
Celebrate Glass Art and Creativity
on June 5th!

Mark your calendars and join us on June 5th at the Newark Museum of Art for our 2024 GlassBall! A celebration of glass art, local artists and creativity in vibrant Newark, NJ, the GlassBall is GlassRoots’ largest fundraising event of the year. Begin the evening in GlassRoots studios as our Teaching Artists showcase the ancient art of glassblowing and continue the festivities at the The Newark Museum of Art for cocktails, curator-led tours of the newly restored Ballantine House, dinner and the presentation of our Sparking Change Awards.

With the spring season in full swing, our Teaching Artists are busy creating our signature glass orbs and perfecting each handmade Sparking Change Award for our valued honorees. This year, GlassRoots is thrilled to announce our GlassBall Honorees: Linda Morgan, Executive Vice President, RBH Group and fayemi shakur, Arts and Cultural Affairs Director, City of Newark!

Visit GlassRootsGlassBall.org to learn more about the event and purchase your tickets or sponsorship. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience two esteemed Newark institutions behind-the-scenes and celebrate our distinguished honorees!

You’re Invited! Wednesday, June 5th, 5 – 9pm
5:00 pm GlassRoots Open House
Experience the Magic of Glassblowing

6:00 pm The Newark Museum of Art
Cocktails and Tours of The Newly Restored Ballantine House

Dinner and Awards

Linda Morgan, Honoree
Executive Vice President, RBH Group
fayemi shakur, Honoree
Arts and Cultural Affairs Director, City of Newark

fayemi shakur

HONOREE
fayemi shakur

fayemi shakur is a writer, interdisciplinary artist and arts advocate residing in Newark, New Jersey. She currently serves as Arts and Cultural Affairs Director for the City of Newark. She has held appointments as Visiting Lecturer at Rutgers University-Newark, Department of Art, Culture and Media and Artist Advisory Council Member for Newark Arts. As a cultural critic and interdisciplinary artist, her writing has been featured in national and international outlets including The New York Times, Hyperallergic, CNN Style, VICE, The International Review of African American Art, Nueva Luz Photographic Journal, HYCIDE magazine, and MFON: Women Photographers in the African Diaspora among other publications. In 2019, she founded A Womb of Violet, a project-based collective of Black women writers, poets and interdisciplinary artists. The collective published an anthology and also created a 10-story mural, “Magnitude and Bond” in partnership with The Four Corners Public Arts Project and muralists Layqa Nuna Yawar and Kelley Prevard. She has served as a leader in the Newark arts community for over 15 years, previously as Executive Director at City Without Walls gallery; Marketing and Public Program Manager at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art; and co-founder of The Annual Lincoln Park Music Festival. fayemi is committed to cultural organizing, mentorship, and engaging programming that explores art that challenges the way we see and experience the world, ourselves and each other.

Linda Morgan

HONOREE
Linda Morgan

Linda Morgan is Executive Vice President at the real estate development firm RBH Group, LLC located in downtown Newark, NJ. She leads predevelopment, public relations, and project management of the firm’s Teachers Village projects and other social impact investments in Opportunity Zones across the country. Ms. Morgan has over 25 years’ experience in urban planning, brownfields redevelopment, and project management of complex redevelopment initiatives in the New York-New Jersey region and nationally. Representative projects in New Jersey include the Teachers Village and AeroFarms/Makers Village, and Rutgers-Newark Honors Living-Learning Community projects in downtown Newark, and the Jersey Gardens Mall and Bayonne golf course brownfield redevelopments. In her former role as Director of the NJ Office of Regional Plan Association, Ms. Morgan spearheaded creation of the Newark Downtown District business improvement district and the Lincoln Park Arts District.

Ms. Morgan, AICP, holds a BA in Government from Smith College and an MPA in Public Affairs and Urban Planning from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs. She is active in community affairs and serves in leadership roles on several advisory boards promoting arts, education and placemaking in the urban environment.