Arts Council of Princeton
Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
102 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542-3204
ContactMr. Jeff Nathanson
For general operating support with a focus on gallery exhibitions and related free programming.
Initially created as an arts advisory council to the Princeton Borough in 1967, the Arts Council, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has undergone tremendous growth in its programming and services to the community. The ACP is housed in the expanded and renovated Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, which reopened to the public in 2008. Designed by renowned architect Michael Graves, the Robeson Center features studio space for visual and performing arts, a 120 seat theater and an award winning gallery. In recent years, the ACP's programming has expanded beyond the Robeson Center to more effectively serve the Princeton-Trenton region through free community programs. The Arts Council has been awarded a Citation of Excellence and designation as a Major Service Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for seven consecutive years. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 we received Discover Jersey Arts' Peoples Choice Award for Favorite Art Gallery. Last year the ACP was honored with a NJ Governor's Award for Excellence in Arts Education and came in second in the People's Choice Awards as the Favorite Place to Take an Adult Arts Class. Undoubtedly, the presence of the Arts Council contributed to Princeton's second place finish as Favorite Downtown Arts District in New Jersey.
The ACP's mission statement, Building Community through the Arts, was developed with the belief that the arts and arts education: are fundamental to a healthy society; directly impact academic achievement and improve literacy for school students; positively contribute to the quality of life for all area residents; contribute significantly to economic development; and promote cross cultural understanding and appreciation.