What would you do with $25,000?

What would you do with $25,000?

That's the question the Newark Arts Alliance (NAA) is asking itself.

Paul L. Schlosser, Jr., a NAA board member who died May 1 of this year, left the organization such an amount upon his death. Executive Director Dennis Lawson made the announcement after a tribute from former director Terry Foreman on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the NAAs And All That Jazz! 20th Anniversary Gala.

Foreman said that Schlosser joined the NAA board in 1999, when they were still located at the Arts House on Delaware Avenue.

"He wasn't sure if the NAA wanted someone who wasn't an artist on their board," she said. She said she reassured him that as long as he like supporting the arts, he would be a good fit.

"Little did I know what a devoted supporter he would become," she said.

Schlosser did many things for the NAA. He sponsored and provided space for new public art projects, which helped provide paid work for artists as well as teaching opportunities for teenagers and adults and an enhanced landscape in many public areas of downtown Newark.

Schlosser also served as the NAAs resident plumber whenever they moved to a new location. He undertook "rent-saving projects" and supported special events.

"He was a great arts advocate, a mentor and a friend," Foreman said. "He will be in our hearts."

Being interviewed days after the event, Lawson had this to say, although he said it was hard to express his gratitude. "I can't really adequately express his [Schlosser's] faith in the NAA," he said. "His bequest will provide a level of stability...that will advance us well into the future."