With a track record that has drawn national attention as a model, the Price Institute creates partnerships that successfully tie Rutgers University to the Newark community and shrink the collegiate-community divide. Through its programmatic partnerships, the Institute provides research, pedagogical training, and academic programs to support the work of local and national institutions such as the Newark Public Schools, the Newark Public Library, the Newark Museum, the Newark Literacy Campaign, the Newark Public Housing Authority, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark, the Newark Division of Planning and Community Development, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the New Jersey Historical Society, the American Jewish Committee, the New Jersey State Police, the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. With them, the Institute has launched initiatives that shed light on race and race relations, history and memory, the role of culture in democratic societies, and the importance of civic engagement in the Arts and Humanities.
Those initiatives include the annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture series, New Jersey’s oldest and largest Black History Month conference, founded in 1981 by Institute founder Clement A. Price and Giles R. Wright of the NJ Historical Commission; the Amiri Baraka Fellows program, which brings a cohort of RU-N students out into the city to study its history and current affairs and to design a public project pertaining to its development; and the Dance Symposium Series which, since 2005, has presented performances by a broad array of artists in both ethnic and modern dance and provides educational workshops on the diverse histories and traditions of dance.
The Institute is located at 49 Bleeker Street on the Rutgers University-Newark Campus.