The Story


In 2016, Newark turned 350 years, but in many ways those who keep the city’s vibrant culture and energy are left out of decision-making and planning. To me, the people I encounter are the vital ingredients comprising an intense and colorful narrative; hence the birth of The Bricks 350, a platform featuring the people of Newark.

The profiles you experience are improvisational interviews done throughout 2016. These people generously opened up their personal, political, artistic, spiritual and sometimes, straight up hilarious perspectives and experiences to me as I found out even more beautiful stories from the people who comprise this complex and profound city.

After the yearlong celebration, I wanted to continue featuring Newarkers. As a result, Ark Republic emerged in May 2017.

―Kaia Shivers