The Newark Museum of Art is a safe and inclusive space that welcomes everyone to enjoy experiences that spark curiosity and foster community. We continue to support the trailblazing efforts of the LGBTQIA+ community in their fight for equal rights and stand in solidarity with those demanding justice for Black and Brown lives.
On this Pride Month, we want to elevate the voices of Queer and Trans individuals from Black and Brown communities by sharing their histories and by honoring the work of local organizations dedicated towards advocacy and support for LGBTQIA+ individuals. In addition, we would like to highlight groundbreaking queer artists from Newark, and we also invite you to join us for some special programming.
Show us Your Pride in June and July!
We encourage our community to visit, share their stories and show their pride, however they see fit. In celebration of NYC Pride Month in June, and Newark Pride Month in July, tag us with #NMOApride for a chance to be featured on our socials.
Why We Celebrate
The 1969 Stonewall Riots are a pivotal moment in the history of queer liberation. We acknowledge the activism, protest, and riot attributed to trans women of color, and especially that of Marsha P. Johnson and Silvia Rivera. The gay rights liberation movement emerged and was inspired by a period of civil rights activism. This reminds us, of the importance of allyship in marginalized communities and the value of protest today.
Community symbols become an important part of activist bonds to reach change. The original Rainbow Flag was designed by artist and gay-rights activist Gilbert Baker, after fellow activist Harvey Milk challenged him to design a symbol of pride for the community to be flown during the Gay Freedom Day Parade in 1978. But did you know that in 2017 the City of Philadelphia included the addition of brown and black stripes to highlight Black and Brown LGBTQIA+ members and their contributions? Recently, additional variations have been created to draw attention to the transgender community and we proudly display an inclusive interpretation on these colors:
Red = Life, Orange = Healing, Yellow = Sunlight, Green = Nature, Royal Blue = Art, Violet = Spirit, Brown & Black = BIPOC, Black = Those Who Lost Their Lives to HIV/AIDS; Pink & White & Light Blue =Transgender Visibility, Pink = Femineity, White = Those in Transition or Intersexed or Gender Nonconforming, Light Blue = Masculinity
Pioneer Organizations in New Jersey
NMOA Pride Celebration Events
Arts in the Garden Series: Broadway in the Bricks
Saturday, July 17, 7pm
Broadway in the Bricks is a new live performance series that brings Broadway's best and brightest talents to Newark. Join Broadway in the Bricks host and executive producer, Daryl Stewart as he brings Broadway to Newark Museum of Art's Garden for an intimate, elegant and socially distanced one night only evening of stories, standards and show tunes. Music Direction by Gail Lou Freeman. Produced by Daryl Stewart Productions in association with NMOA Music Curator, Marcy DePina.
Play it Back
Virtual Family Drop-In: Drag Queen Story Hour with Harmonica Sunbeam
Drag Queen Story Hour is just what it sounds like, drag queens reading stories to children. It is a program for children that teaches literacy through singing, talking, reading, and playing. Join Harmonica Sunbeam as she reads stories and sings songs focused on diversity, uniqueness, and kindness.
Happy Hour: Art, Culture & Spirits
Check out last week's Happy Hour where we sat down to chat about representation in the world of theater, tv, and film with these incredible personalities:
- Actor/Director/Producer Daryl Stewart
- Director/Writer/Producer Roger Omeus Jr.
- Actor/Writer/Performer James T. Lane