Initiatives

Scarlet Magazine

Launched in May 2011, Scarlet Magazine, the brainchild of Professor Robin Fisher and junior Cortney Coulanges, is the first on-campus magazine to cover trends in the Rutgers-Newark community and beyond. The magazine, now with a staff nearly 20 students strong, and which now includes a writing division lead by journalism student Kristine Villanueva and a creative division lead by Karen May Cunanan under the advisement of Professor Chantal Fischzang, is comparable to many of the glossy magazines you may find in your grocery aisles.

In addition to the printed magazine, there is also an increasing online presence. There is a Scarlet Magazine Facebook page, Twitter account (@ruscarletmag) and website (runscarletmagazine.wordpress.com). The website features archives and up-to-date informatioduring the magazine’s production each month. The staff encourages anyone with a passion for writing to contribute to the magazine, noting that it is good for one’s resume but more importantly allows one to expand creatively and work with a group who really cares about the magazine.

The Scarlet Magazine is FREE and can be picked up throughout common areas of Bradley Hall and throughout the campus.


The Newark Metro

The Newark Metro is a multimedia web magazine, covers metropolitan life from Newark and North Jersey to New York City. It is run by students at Rutgers-Newark, working with editor-in-chief Robert W. Snyder, professor of the Journalism and Media Studies Program at Rutgers-Newark, and other faculty members. Articles usually start life as journalism and writing assignments at Rutgers-Newark, but The Newark Metro also publishes contributions from people who live in, work in, or care about the places we explore: Newark, North Jersey, and New York City.


Rutgers University Newark Chorus

World-traveled and widely praised, the 40 or so member Chorus has been led by Prof John Floreen since 1979. In past years the Chorus has received enthusiastic receptions from audiences — as well as rousing reviews from music critics –in eastern Germany, the Czech Republic, The Netherlands, France, England, Scotland, Italy, Spain and Wales. Highlights of the tours over the years have included performances in Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris; St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican; and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The Rutgers Chorus has produced five CD recordings, available at the concerts and in the Rutgers University-Newark Bookstore.


The Design Consortium

Design Consortium is a student/teacher design collaborative and studio, in which Professor Ned Drew immerses his graphic design students in real-world projects. Working as a team, Drew and his students meet with clients, assess their communications needs and develop a graphic-design solution. It is an invaluable real-world experience for the students and serves the needs of clients from the region.


Express Newark

The Department of Arts, Cuture and Media is a key component of Express Newark: A University – Community Collaboratory.  Housed in part of the historic former Hahne & Company department store in the heart of downtown, Newark, Express Newark is a bold plan to cultivate artistic expression locally that resonates globally by facilitating public scholarship and community engagement among ACM faculty, staff, and students with community partners and residents of Greater Newark.   Express Newark will bring RU-N studio artists, printmakers, photographers, theater director-producers, journalists, authors, and humanists together with community arts and culture organizations and local schools to cultivate new talent.


The Newest Americans

The Newest Americans is a three-year longitudinal study at Rutgers University–Newark that documents the lives and communities of students at the university. The project, spearheaded by ACM Theatre professor Tim Raphael, director of the Center for Migration and the Global City (CMGC), will focus on immigrant experiences in New Jersey with Newark as the hub where these different stories converge. The Newest Americans is a collaborative effort involving CMGC; VII, a group consisting of world-renowned videographers and photojournalists; and ACM. Raphael expects additional partnerships as the project progresses.

The project also seeks to present the reality of Newark as a city of immigrants, as opposed to a common perception as a black and white city with a strong racial divide. The project will address the significance of the Great Migration and emphasize Newark’s role as the epicenter where different, recent immigrants are coming together, not only on campus, but in the surrounding areas.

Unlike research projects that typically present findings in a single medium, like a research paper, The Newest Americans will present information through multiple channels. These media include videos, performances, photographs, essays, and oral histories to effectively resonate with members of its wide and diverse audience who use these media, and have varying levels of English proficiency.