Gallery Aferro has experienced significant growth since our 2003 founding, becoming a recognized multigenerational space where art is made, experienced and discussed. Since 2006 we have occupied a rent-free 20,000 sq. ft. building in downtown Newark. The gallery has received 5 consecutive Citations of Excellence from the NJ State Arts Council for our 12-15 annual exhibitions of local, national and international contemporary artists, with connected performances, poetry readings, panels, hands-on workshops, community conversations and screenings, a competitive year-round artist residency program, educational offerings including our signature arts intensive for Newark’s high school age young women, school tours, and studio/arts administration internships, a public art initiative spanning four vacant storefronts, Activate: Market Street, combating blight and enlivening our block, and a publication line