The Inauguration and Unveiling of the Newark Celebration 350 History Animodules™

The Animodules™ History Project was a citywide public art project involving hundreds of children, youth, and senior citizens. Twelve local and international artists worked closely with students and seniors collecting historical research and organizing that research into a visual narrative reflecting the history of the city. Five permanent outdoor Animodules™ sculptures, each representing an historical theme, were created and installed at PSEG Plaza, where they are viewed by hundreds of people daily. The historical themes included:
1) Art/Entertainment/Sports; 2) Invention/Business/Industry; 3) Education; 4) Urban Changes; and  5) Diversity/Immigration.
Animodules™ are giant modular sculptures named “Newark’s Official Peace Ambassadors” by the office of the mayor, as they represent the creativity and vision of the city’s youth. For this project, the Animodules™ took on an additional role, honoring Newark’s senior citizens, and their stories of the past.

A blog was created documenting the entire project:, and a new section was added to our website: Newark Celebration 350 Blog detailing the project.

Junius Williams, chair of the 350 committee, opens up the unveiling ceremony at PSEG Plaza.

Attendees standing with the Newark 350 History Business, Invention, Industry Animodules™

Artist Athena Barat unveiling the Newark 350 History Education Animodules™ !

Gary and Chandri Barat with student from The H.U.B.B and the Diversity Animodules™ !

Students from Newark Prep join us in celebrating peace in Newark, with our Newark Builds Peace banner painted by kids at the 24 HRS of Peace festival this past summer. 

Newark Boys Chorus School performing at our Unveiling!

Students from Newark prep with our Creation Nation Banners!

Newark Boys Chorus School with Derek Di Risio of PSEG.

Newark Historian Barbara Kulka with the Arts Animodules™ bearing her image!

Ellen Lambert and Derek Di Risio of PSEG with the Business/Invention/Industry Animodules™

Ellen Lambert, president of the PSEG Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer peaking out of the Business Animodules™ !

Chandri Barat speaks on behalf of the Barat Foundation.

Members of The Bethany Senior Center with the Diversity Animodules™ they helped research and paint !

Chandri Barat and contributing artists at the Newark 350 Animodules™ Inauguration !

Artists Renee Nascimento and Fernando Silva with the Diversity Animodule™ !

Al-Tarik Best, Barbara Kulka, and Jeremy Johnson with the Diversity Animodules™ !

PSEG employees surrounding the Business Animodules™ featuring PSEG Plaza!