Animodules™, Newark’s Official Peace Ambassadors, took over Times Square for the International Day of Peace Celebration, on Friday, September 21st.

It was beyond exciting having a dozen of Newark’s Animodules in Times Square in celebration of the UN International Day of Peace. Thousands of people interacted with the artwork, taking selfies that were sent to countries all over the world., and dancing for peace.

Our Executive Director, Chandri Barat, spoke on stage about Peacemaking through the Arts, and the role the Animodules™, Non-Violent Superheroes are playing in uniting young people around the world.

Newark’s Official Peace Ambassadors, the Animodules™ took their place of honor at the Bandshell at Central Park, to celebrate the The Vigil 4 Peace & Ecology. 1000’s of people interacted with them and hundreds of artists of all ages helped paint a newly created Animodule Giraffe.

We were so proud to recently participate in Bayonne’s Bridge Arts Festival. The festival celebrated art, music and culture at Dennis. P. Collins Park, where we held another live painting! This time we invited festival goers to paint a Giraffe Animodule with us. Congratulations to Bridge Arts Festival for such a great event!

As part of the Princeton University Freshman Orientation Program 12 incoming Princeton freshman came to Newark to visit non-for-profits around the city and we were so happy to welcome them into our gallery last week. We spent the day painting a special Animodule™ created for the Princeton freshmen, which will be completed at the University, where it will proudly stand in the student center. We are so excited to see the finished Animodule and we thank everyone who participated!

La Casa de Don Pedro’s 11th Annual Festival de la Familia Latina this past Saturday was a phenomenal event! We participated by having a live painting and invited all festival goers to paint an Animodule with us, as well as coloring mini paper Animodules with markers. We thank La Casa de Don Pedro for including us in their wonderful Festival and for all the great work they do!

2018 Creation Nation Art & Peace Parade in Newark, NJ

The Creation Nation Art & Peace Parade brought together over 16 Newark schools, 2000 children and youth, along with numerous community organizations, to celebrate art, peace, and social justice city.

The Animodules™ were proud to stand guard on Lock Street and welcome conference attendees to the VOICE SUMMIT, held at NJIT on July 24th-26th.

VOICE was a three-day summit at the forefront of natural language processing and how voice-activated artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the way we interact with devices, services, and consumer products.

And a special shout out to the new TRYP Hotel, where you can visit three Animodules in the dining area.

TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown
24 E Park St.
Newark, NJ 07102

The 11th Annual Creation Nation Art & Peace was such a blast and we thank everyone who helped make it such an amazing day!

Special thanks to Newark Public Schools for their participation and creativity. Also special thanks to NJPAC for welcoming the parade at their beautiful facility; and to the Newark Riverfront Revival and the Annual Walk to the Water that joined the parade in celebration of River Day!

The 11th Annual Creation Nation Art & Parade is now on June 16th!

All are invited to join the 11th Annual March for Art & Peace in Downtown Newark, on June 16nd, 2018. Lead by Newark’s student created Animodule™ Sculptures, the parade will begin at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and will march to the water, with the Newark Riverfront Revival. This year the parade theme is #StrongWomenOfNewark. The parade will end at Riverfront Park with a youth arts festival and all the festivities of River Day including boat rides, vendors, food trucks, and special children and adult activities. Bring your art, wear your costumes, and join the fun! This is your chance to shine! Cash prizes for best poster, banner, and costume.

The Animodules traveled to East Orange over the weekend to join the EO MAC (Music Arts Culture) Fest 2018.  Great being there and congratulations to Novus Equities and their new HUE housing project.

The Animodules and the Barat Foundation were proud to be part of the groundbreaking for the soon to be constructed extended center for Trauma at Newark’s Hubb Club, under the guidance of its founder AlTariq Best. Thanks to the RBH Group, Hollister Construction Services, and all of the wonderful supporters including former Newark Mayor Sharpe James and current Mayor Ras J. Baraka who have come together to make this possible for the children of Newark.

The Newark History Animodules celebrate Community History Day: Our Newark Story at the Newark Public Library, with a student art Animodule Workshop.

Congratulations to our NJIT Capstone Team for winning 1st Place for their work on developing an Animodule™ Smart Phone App.

So very proud of our daughter, Ariana, on a panel last night at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City regarding “The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life.” 

Editor Sharon Louden was joined in conversation with artist Ariana Barat, artist contributor from The Artist as Culture Producer, Chloë Bass, and artist contributor from Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, Sean Mellyn. 

Thank you to all involved, and to Sharon Louden, shining light on artists everywhere.

The Animodules™ were proud to stand tall with Mayor Ras Baraka and others at the Safe Passages event at Shabazz High School. It is truly a beautiful thing to see neighbors and neighborhoods “Support and Protect our Children”. Congratulations to all, and most especially to the ten Shabazz scholars representing the best and the brightest of our future.

Our Executive Director, Chandri Barat, was invited to speak to students and faculty at Pratt on the ‘Art of Activism”; as part of a series dedicated to how creative professionals can work to build alliances to create change.

Our Animodules™ have been making their way around town this Summer at the Newark Arts Annual Meeting, Live Broadcast at WBGO Jazz Radio and at the Hahne building for First Fridays in Newark.

Animodules™ on the move again greeting the community at Newark River Day, at River Front Park!

Thank you to all who have donated to our Go Fund Me  page to help raise money for our 10th Annual Creation Nation Art & Peace Parade on May 11 ! It was a solid success. We are still accepting donations for the post-parade documentary. All donations are welcomed! Please share with your networks! 

This past Saturday was our first Creators Club session, A big Thank you to everyone who participated! Creators Clubs will now happen every Saturday until May 6th at Science Park High School from 10am – 2pm.

What a success! The Unveiling this past Friday on November 18th. Our Newark 350 History Animodules™ standing tall at PSEG Plaza permanently!

What an inspiring weekend we had with the Girls Scouts as they created their own Animodule™ Sculptures and also hand painted one of our Swan Animodules™ !  “Girls Scouts take Newark” in celebration of Newark 350 !



We are excited to announce our participation in the #ArtsEdnow Campaign that will launch Sept. 12 – 16 during National Arts Education Week.


Our Animodule™ Sculpture’s standing tall for peace with Mayor Ras Baraka at the 24 HRS OF PEACE 2016 Celebration in Newark.

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