September 21, 2023

Artists Paint 20,000 Square Foot Black Lives Matter Mural at Manufacturer’s Village East Orange, NJ

Here’s an incredible creative expression of loving kindness, and motion for positive change. A group of professional artists and local volunteers just completed painting work on a 20,000 square foot Black Lives Matter mural in the largest parking lot of Manufacturer’s Village studio space, East Orange, NJ.

The picture shown here is a drone shot taken by New Jersey 12 News who aired the story early this morning, April 23, 2021.

Artist Christine Romanell worked together with a committee of fellow creators to plan the project, including designing and painting the mural. Area volunteers helped fill in the colors, as well as contributed art supplies and donated food to share with those who helped. More information on the Manufacturer’s Village Black Lives Matter mural project can be found here.

Christine stated, “I am grateful to have been a part of the community of Manufacturers Village Artists that supported this project. Anything is possible when we work together!”

Manufacturers Village brings art, culture and community to East Orange, NJ with its unique property that was once the home of the original Johnson & Johnson manufacturing space but which has since been converted to studio space for artists, crafters, trades people and other types of business owners.

Learn more about Manufacturers Village including possible studio space rental opportunities, on their website here.

About Christine Romanell

Christine Romanell is an Independent Artist who creates sculptures and large-scale installation art employing non-repeating patterns using light and bright colored plexi glass.

She serves on the board of Manufacturers Village Artists space in East Orange, and is the founder and editor of NotWhatItIs art blog. Learn more about Christine’s artwork at