Sept 2020: Newark, NJ

The Finished Black Lives Animodule!!!

Kudos to artist in residence, Marlon Sullivan and the students of the GEM Project and their Director, Amanda Ebokosia, and a special thank you to our Central Ward  Councilwoman LaMonica McIver for joining us.

Aug 2020: Newark, NJ

Open Call for Artists

This is an open call for artists to design and paint, along with members of the Newark Gem Project, our new 8 foot high aluminum Animodules, BLACK LIVES MATTER.

Artists need to submit a sketch of two sides of the Animodule and email to:, along with artist’s website and CV.

The chosen artist will be responsible for designing, outlining, and painting the sculpture on August 7, along with members of Newark’s Gem Project.

The stipend for the project is $1,500.

Oct 13, 2019: Newark, NJ

The Animodules Brunch!

The Animodules Brunch celebrating the Newark Arts Festival was an amazing time. We thank everyone who came to wine and dine with us. A special thanks to Crystal Glass and her beautiful models for putting on a great fashion show spicing up brunch!

Oct 5, 2019: Lincoln Park, Jersey City, NJ

Jersey City’s West Side Stories Festival!

The Animodules had an amazing time at Jersey City’s West Side Stories festival. Everyone was absolutely so welcoming and it was great to see so many happy faces wanting to be a part of peace, art, and diversity! We already can’t wait for next year’s West Side Stories Festival. Thank you so much to everyone to helped make this special day happen!

Sept 21, 2019: Times Square, NYC

Animodules Party in Times Square for the UN International Day of Peace!

The Animodules celebrated the United Nations International Day of Peace in Times Squares along with thousands of visitors from around the world. It was incredible and inspiring to see so many people celebrating peace. The Animodules are so proud to have been a part of the celebration!

Sept 15, 2019: Central Park, NYC

Animodules in Central Park for the Vigil 4 Peace & Ecology!

The Animodules attended the The Vigil 4 Peace & Ecology this past weekend at the Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park in NYC. It was great to see so many people come to celebrate peace and ecology. The Animodules were a hit at the event and loved being around so many people in Central Park. We also painted a 4ft Peace Totem Animodule with the help of the public. Thank you so much to everyone who participated and especially to Susana Bastarrica for creating such an amazing event.

Sept 13, 2019: Nassau County Museum of Art

Animodules Exhibit Farewell Reception!

This past Friday, Sept. 13 was the Farewell Reception for the 4 month long Animodules Exhibit at the Nassau County Museum of Art. Chandri and Gary Barat held an Artist talk, about the creation and impact of the Animodules. It was a beautiful and bittersweet event and we were so glad to see everyone who showed up in support. A special thanks to EVERYONE at the Nassau County Museum of Art, for doing such an amazing job exhibiting the Animodules, to the artists from the The Bridge Art Gallery for creating artist Animodules specifically for this exhibit, and especially to Dr. Harvey R Manes MD for believing in us and being such a strong supporter.

Sept 7, 2019: Bayonne

Bayonne Bridge Arts Festival!

This past Saturday we participated in the Bayonne 2019 Bridge Arts Festival! The Animodules proudly stood all through out Dennis P. Collins Park, where the festival took place. We held a live painting of a giraffe Animodule with festival goers. Our younger participants (under 10) created mini paper Animodules. We’re so honored to be part of such an amazing event!

Sept 4-5, 2019: Newark

Princeton University Freshman Orientation Program

30 Princeton incoming freshmen visited us as part of their Princeton University Freshmen Community Service Orientation Program. Over the course of 2 days, 2 different groups of freshmen came in the our gallery and helped us further develop the mythology of the Animodules as well as helping to paint an 8ft Animodule. It was a great couple of days, the Princeton freshmen did an amazing job and we wish them the best of luck on their upcoming school year!

August 18, 2019: Newark

La Casa de Don Pedro’s 12th Annual Festival de la Familia!

We had a blast this past weekend at La Casa de Don Pedro’s 12th Annual Festival de la Familia! We held a live painting of an Animodule and invited all festival goers to paint with us. We also had Animodule coloring pages to color in with markers for the little ones.
A special thanks to everyone at La Casa de Don Pedro for all their hard work and for having us at their amazing festival!

June 15, 2019: River Front Park, Newark

The Animodules™ joined the festivities at the 8th Annual Newark River day!

This past weekend we attended the 8th Annual Newark River Day and helped the public make some great paper Animodules! It was a beautiful day filled with music and art! Special thanks to Newark’s River front Park, Malik Whitaker, Newest Americans, and DJ Scotty Never for making it such a great event!

May 17, 2019: Manes Center, Nassau County Museum of Art, NY

The Animodules™ were honored with their first museum exhibition at the Manes Center, Nassau County Museum of Art.

Taking up the entire Manes Center, a dozen Animodules graced the inside of the Gallery, along with another seven Animodules placed on the grounds of the museum. The Animodules have grown from Newark’s Peace Ambassadors to become Global Peace Ambassadors, bringing their universal message of Hope and Peace to new audiences. The Show runs through September 14, and is accompanied by Animodule making workshops for students of all ages.

May 13, 2019: Bridge Art Gallery, 199 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ

Join us for a one day sneak preview of the “Animodule Commission Project” curated by The Bridge Art Gallery!

This project features the extraordinary talents of Nupur Nishith, Alpana Mittal, Jackie Hrdz El Ryss, Bryant Small, Nesteron Uraga, Maria Lupianez, and Christopher Mack

Read more about the project and arts on the Hudson Reporter!

April 30-May 1, 2019: Robert Treat Hotel, Newark

The Animodules at The Schools That Can conference!

Schools That Can is an annual, public conference that brings together top urban educators from STC schools, innovative educational organizations, thought leaders, industry, and the community to further STC’s mission of reimagining education through real-world learning.

The 14th Annual Schools That Can Forum will be hosted by STC Newark and will take place on April 30 – May 1, 2019. This year’s theme is “Advancing Culturally-Relevant Real-World Learning.” Forum attendees will be treated to two days of panels, interactive workshops and school study tours that highlight practices related to Real-World Learning.

The Belmont Runyon Unveiling of Their Lion Animodule

We’re so proud to have been at the unveiling of the Lion Animodule sculpture at the Belmont Runyon School in Newark. Belmont Runyon’s Student Art Club completed a 14 week Barat Foundation program that led to the creation and completion of their very own Animodule mascot. The students worked hard and did a phenomenal job. Again special thanks to Mr Hannah, the Art Teacher and Sophia Domeville, School Operations Manager/Community School, whose tireless effort made the program a great success. We all welcome the Belmont Runyon Animodule into the family of Newark’s Official Peace Ambassadors.

Click here to check out our Belmont Runyon Animodule Blog.

The Animodules are so happy to have been a part of Cory Booker’s presidential campaign Hometown Kickoff Justice for All Tour! Go Cory!!!

What: Cory Booker’s Hometown Kickoff of the Justice for All Tour
Where: Military Park, 51 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102
Date: Saturday, April 13, 9:00AM

The Animodules are Coming to the Nassau County Museum of Art, Manes Family Center!
Newark’s original art form, the Animodules™, cross the river to bring their message of Peacemaking Through the Arts to New York City and Long Island
May 17 – September 15, 2019

Additional Upcoming Events:
• April 11: Belmont Runyon School, the unveiling of their newly completed Lion Animodule
• May 17: September 15, 2019: Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, Long Island
• June 20: Installation of the Tewksbury Middle School Leaping Tiger Animodule at the Whittemore Nature Preserve
• July 20: Soul Culture Festival, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ
• July 22 – 26: The Amazon Sponsored VOICE Summit, NJIT, Newark
• August 24: La Casa De Don Pedro Family Festival, Newark
• September 7: The Bridge Arts Festival, Bayonne, NJ
• September 15: The Vigil 4 Peace & Ecology, Band Shell, Central Park, NYC
• September 21: UN International Day of Peace Celebration, Times Square, NYC
• October 5 – 7: AENJ (Art Educators of New Jersey) Annual Conference: Ocean Resort, 1 Ocean Boulevard, Long Branch, NJ
• October 10 – 13: Newark Arts Festival

Click here to check out our Events page, for more pictures and updates.

Our first International Animodule Program creating Animodules at Uplift Academy in Newark and the Imafon School in rural Nigeria.  Both schools are creating an Animodule, with one side designed by Newark students and one side designed by the Nigerian students, creating a channel for international exchange and understanding.  When students on both sides were asked to describe themselves, their school, their community with 10 words, AMAZINGLY both the inner city Newark students and the rural Nigerian students chose,  without any prompting, three of the same words:  Love, Unity, Loyalty!


Click here to check out our Uplift Academy Animodule Blog, for more pictures and updates.

Tewksbury – With the support of the Tewksbury Education Foundation, our first aluminum permanent outdoor Animodule, a Leaping Tiger, has been created at the Tewksbury Middle School, with the school’s 7thgrade science classes, including some 150 students.  The theme of the Animodule has been integrated into the school’s biology curriculum, making it our first “science-themed” Animodule.  At the end of the academic year, the Animodule will be permanently placed at the near-by Whittemore Nature Preserve marking the first Animodule in an Animodule Sculpture Garden to be created by local schools over the coming 3 years.

Click here to check out our Tewksbury Animodule Blog, for more pictures and updates.

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.

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.

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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