In a time of constant change and overlapping challenges, how are Newark’s most creative thinkers working, evolving – and thriving?

Join us every Tuesday at 6PM on Instagram Live to have an in-depth conversation with the young innovators who’ve made this city’s tight-knit community one of the most diverse, interesting, and active in the state.

You’ll be able to ask them questions about their work, their response to the pandemic, and the Black Lives Matter movement – and learn more about the energy that’s making New Jersey’s largest city so resilient.

This week, meet Layqa Nuna Yawar, a Newark muralist, artist, and educator. Born in Ecuador, Layqa migrated to the United States and attended high school in New Jersey, before getting a B.F.A. from the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Today, Layqa creates works on paper but specializes in creating murals and street art, both independently and through collaboration with communities and neighborhoods. In Newark, he’s worked with the Newark Public Library and the Newark Museum of Art, among other groups, on education programs. He is currently engaged in creating a virtual reality experience based around his family’s migration titled Across La Tierra.