Mayor Ras J. Baraka, City of Newark
Pat Houston, Executor, The Estate of Whitney E. Houston
Mark Conklin, Director, Artist Relations and Programming, GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center
Shané Harris, Vice President, Head of Social Responsibility & Partnerships, Prudential Financial, Inc
Jeremy Johnson, Executive Director, Newark Arts
Anthony Smith, Executive Director, Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District
Catherine Bogart, Community Host, Prudential Center and New Jersey Devils
GRAMMY Museum ExperienceTM Prudential Center along with proud founding partner, Prudential Financial, Inc., the City of Newark, Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, Baldwin Equities, Newark Arts and The Estate of Whitney E. Houston to host Whitney Houston mosaic mural virtual unveil event. The mural, which is located in Newark’s Central Ward, is the second of five murals planned for the city.
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
12 p.m. ET - 12:08 p.m. ET: Panel Discussion Featuring Shané Harris, Vice President, Head of Social Responsibility & Partnerships, Prudential Financial, Inc; Anthony Smith, Executive Director, Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District and Jeremy Johnson, Executive Director, Newark Arts
12:08 p.m. ET - 12:14 p.m. ET: Interview Featuring Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka
12:14 p.m. ET - 12:19 p.m. ET: Interview Featuring Pat Houston, Executor, The Estate of Whitney E. Houston
12:19 p.m. ET - 12:20 p.m. ET: Live Ribbon Cutting Featuring: Allison Ladd, Deputy Mayor, City of Newark, Department of Economic and Housing Development; Newark Central Ward Councilwoman, LaMonica R. McIver; Keith Hamilton, Senior Property Manager, City of Newark Department of Economic and Housing Development; Maude Lemaire, Artist and Founder Modsaica; Anthony Schuman, Board Chair, Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District; Theresa Marshall, Founding Board Member, Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District; Representatives from Baldwin Equities and RBH Group
12:19 p.m. ET - 12:22 p.m. ET: Behind The Scenes: Mural Creation Featuring Artist Maude Lemaire and Prudential Center and New Jersey Devils Community Host Catherine Bogart
The Whitney Houston Mosaic Mural Virtual Unveil Event will air at GRAMMYMuseumEXP.org/whitney-mural.
Media wishing to virtually attend can watch the program on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. ET at GRAMMYMuseumEXP.org/whitney-mural. Special interview and video requests can be sent to LizKlotzbach@HBSE.com.
GRAMMY Museum ExperienceTM Prudential Center along with proud founding partner, Prudential Financial, Inc., the City of Newark, Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, Baldwin Equities and Newark Arts to host Whitney Houston mosaic mural virtual unveil event. The mural, which is located in Newark’s Central Ward, is the second of five murals planned for the city. Newark-based Artist Maude Lemaire, who specializes in beautiful hand-cut glass mosaic murals, created the second mural. This collaboration adds another colorful thread to the exciting revitalization happening in Newark and honors the City’s rich musical roots.
The 19 by 28 foot mural is comprised of over 1,000 pounds of hand-cut glass mosaic and is located at 45 Williams Street, Newark, NJ 07102 in Newark’s Central Ward. Prudential Center and Prudential Financial Inc. worked in partnership with Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District and Baldwin Equities to make the determination to install the mural on the façade of William House, a new community-focused mixed-use project featuring apartments and a variety of amenities. It will be placed directly next to Teachers Village and sit just three blocks from Prudential Center.
Maude Lemaire is a self- taught artist with glass medium and her objective is to bring more vibrant colors and shapes with an avant-garde touch into the world. Her works consists of modern, timeless, and unique mosaic concepts and have depicted famous portraits created in a variety of colored tiles and sizes. Lemaire has been commissioned by the Cities of Newark and Jersey City to create and install personal conceptual mosaic works in several locations.
Houston has sold over 200 million combined albums, singles and videos internationally throughout her career with Arista Records and is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 songs including “Saving All My Love For You”, “How Will I Know”, “Greatest Love Of All”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, “So Emotional” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”. Houston was also the first woman to enter the Billboard 200 album chart at No. 1 with her second album, “Whitney”. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time releasing seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums all that have been certified diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Whitney Houston is a 2020 inductee into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which will broadcast on November 7 on HBO and an estate-sanctioned biopic is currently being planned for a 2022 release.
Media may CLICK HERE to view teaser photos and video as well as a rendering of the Whitney Houston mural installation.
About the GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center
Built and operated by Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, the 8,000-square-foot GRAMMY Museum ExperienceTM is housed within Prudential Center, the Top 10 nationally ranked performance venue hosting over 175 live events and two million guests annually in addition to the National Hockey League’s (NHL) three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils and Seton Hall University’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball program. The Experience marks the first GRAMMY Museum outpost to be built on the East Coast and is one of only four GRAMMY Museum’s in the world. The Experience is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of New Jersey. The Experience features a dynamic combination of educational programming and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a spotlight on legendary GRAMMY winners from New Jersey. For more information about GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center and it’s virtual programming, visit GRAMMYMuseumExp.org.
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