Arts, Culture & Media

The Department of Arts, Culture and Media combines an interdisciplinary community-oriented core curriculum taken by all majors in the department with discipline-based majors.In addition to the integrated core, the department offers programs of study in Art, Design and Art History, Media Studies (with majors in Journalism and Video Production), Music, and Theatre Arts. With a faculty that includes nationally and internationally recognized scholars and artists, the Department of Arts, Culture and Media offers innovative courses with an emphasis on integration in the arts and the campus's urban mission of community engagement. In addition to the opportunity to combine academic study with hands-on class experience, students benefit enormously from the Department's internship programs. These programs, which provide entry level professional contacts, draw upon the richness of Newark's cultural institutions such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Newark Museum, Prudential, The Star Ledger, and New Jersey Television Network as well as the opportunities offered by the rest of Northern New Jersey and especially New York City.

The Academy of American Poets has awarded its 2020 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award to I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara, Guyanese-American poet Rajiv Mohabir's translation into English of a 1915 songbook by an Indian indentured immigrant in British Guiana, which was excavated from the dustbin of history and passed on to him by Rutgers University–Newark Assistant Professor of Journalism Gaiutra Bahadur.
Over the last several years, the Rutgers University–Newark Journalism program has been expanding at a clip. Enrollment has surged, additional faculty have been hired, course offerings have multiplied and diversified, and new facilities have come online to keep up with rapid changes in the industry, ensuring that students are ready to hit the ground running when they graduate and embark on their careers.
Alexis Torres Machado, a senior in the Arts, Culture and Media department, was interviewed by WNYC about being a DREAMer and his new song, “For My Immigrants.” Alexis Torres Machado was only five when his family left Uruguay and moved to Newark. His parents told him he was undocumented when he was 11.
"Hi, my name is Jordan. What’s yours?" It’s the icebreaker that artist Jordan Casteel uses whenever she stops strangers on the streets of her neighborhood in Harlem. “I am a painter, and I have been working on this project,” she says, with her disarming manner. “Would you be interested in participating?”
During the Covid-19 pandemic, many aspects of life at Rutgers University–Newark inexorably have been altered, as they have at many university campuses. RU-N's arts incubator, Express Newark, has also been affected, seeing its lively halls, classrooms, and studio and conference spaces fall mostly silent. Its online programming, however, has done an admirable job filling the void to keep its myriad university-community arts partnerships alive and well.
“When I immigrated to the United States five years ago, I didn’t know what to expect,” shared Karoline Gonzalez, who emigrated from the Dominican Republic with her family when she was 13 years old. “I was pleasantly surprised at how welcoming, friendly, and beautiful Newark was and still is,” said Gonzalez, a junior in the Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC) at Rutgers University–Newark. An alumna of Essex County College (ECC) with an associate degree in liberal arts, Gonzalez is pursuing a major in journalism and a minor in social justice at Rutgers-Newark.
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Arianna Celemi, a Class of 2023 student with a Biology major and Journalism minor, is building a community of diverse book lovers with her Instagram, @booksbycvfe, which she launched in early 2020.