January 31, 2023

NEWARK, NJ, December 2, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) announces the official 20th anniversary of the nonprofit organization celebrating two decades of arts, culture and community development. To commemorate its Platinum Anniversary, the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District will host its first full in-person benefit awards dinner, entitled The Lagniappe Experience: Dîner en Noir et Blanc (in Black & White), hosted by Prudential Financial, a legacy anchor , who has supported LPCCD since its inception.

“The contributions of the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District are essential to the Newark community,” said Nicole Butler, vice president, community affairs & partnerships at Prudential Financial. “We are proud to support programs that elevate the arts and strengthen inclusive economic development.”

A snapshot of Prudential Financial’s history with LPCCD and the achievements and future aspirations of the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District was recently touted in The Positive Community magazine’s annual Newark issue, where the organization received its first cover story from acclaimed reporter Barry Carter . At twenty, LPCCD recognizes its humble beginnings and Newark’s past, but also its future crown jewel, the development of the historic South Park Calvary United Presbyterian Church into the Lincoln Park Façade project. The latest architectural rendering was published in The Positive Community Magazine’s annual Newark issue and can be found on page 56 here https://thepositivecommunity.com/2022/10/25/october-nj-issue/.

The Lincoln Park Façade project is designed to create a 60-unit living/work/play space for creatives and commercial space for the local community to enjoy, generate income and hire local employees. Located on downtown Newark’s main thoroughfare, Broad Street (Mayor Ken A. Gibson Blvd), the Lincoln Park Façade project will be the beacon in our proposed “Music Village” community.

“It has been an honor and pleasure to have had Prudential Financial as a principal funder and partner for over two decades,” said Anthony Smith, executive director of the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District. “They have been with us through many challenges, from the fallout of 9/11 to the subprime mortgage crisis of 2007-2010 to the global COVID-19 pandemic.” Smith continues, “Not just financially, but as a true partner they have provided capacity building and professional development resources and currently have a seat on our Board of Directors. Thanks to partners like Prudential Financial, we are the little engine that can do it and look forward to the next 20.”

The Lagniappe Experience, which translates to “something special,” is a fundraising event that benefits the non-profit organization’s capacity and work in the fields of arts and culture, green jobs education and community engagement, and to support the 2023 Capital Campaign to bring to life and help operationalize the Lincoln Park Façade facility upon completion.

The event will take place on Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Newark Symphony Hall, Lincoln Park. The Lagniappe Experience: Dîner en Noir et Blanc (in Black & White) theme is inspired by the legendary 1966 Black & White Ball, dubbed “The Party of the Century”, meets the black Creole culture of New Orleans with a small “Brick City” edge . Guests are asked to wear combinations of black and white with accents in The Lagniappe Experience’s signature purple.

The awards program honors Newark, NJ born legendary actor Mr. John Amos (Coming To America, Good Times, the award-winning television miniseries Roots) and inductee into the NJ Hall of Fame; Aisha Glover, vice president of urban innovation at the Global Center for Urban Development, Audible; Tai Cooper, Chief Community Development Officer, New Jersey Economic Development Agency; Theresa Marshall, founding member of the LPCCD Board of Trustees and President of Adventus II, Inc.; Robin Shorter, Executive Director of. Ambulatory Services, Integrity House; Jorge Cruz, Executive Director, Newark LISC; Fayemi Shakur, Director of Culture, City of Newark; Kai Campbell, Visionary, Walla Food & Beverage Group; Elnardo J. Webster II, Attorney, Partner, Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala & Taylor, LLC; and Melissa Prashad, Community Manager, Chase Bank. All of our valued awardees have made transformative strides in the City of Newark and continue to improve the lives of Newarkers through their work.

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The Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, Inc. (LPCCD) is a nonprofit organization actively engaged in the practice of economic development through creative placemaking. Its mission is to plan, design and develop a comprehensive arts and cultural district in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of downtown Newark. Once dominated by derelict buildings and vacant lots, LPCCD’s efforts are transforming the neighborhood into a ‘sustainable’ arts and culture district. This new development includes “green” mixed-income communities, an annual music festival, and historic preservation projects. LPCCD has completed more than 100 housing units, creating new housing and employment opportunities for a diverse population. LPCCD is on track to create a fully productive mixed-use neighborhood. LPCCD’s principal arts and culture programs are the annual Lincoln Park Music Festival, the citywide humanities initiative Lincoln Park Music Speaks, the Lincoln Park Jazzy Soul music series, and the new Lincoln Park Sustainable Living Community Podcast.

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