Arts Council of Princeton

Address

Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
102 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542-3204
County: Mercer
http://www.artscouncilofprinceton.org

Contact

Ms. Emma Rhine

Grant Amount

$15,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

For general operating support for the gallery and related free programming.

Organization Background

The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP), an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was initially created as an arts advisory council to the Princeton Borough in 1967. Since that time, the organization has experienced tremendous growth, serving as an artistic and cultural hub for the Princeton community, in addition to serving as a visual, performing, and literary arts resource for the greater Princeton/Trenton area. Through offering a wide range of programming for individuals of all ages and backgrounds, the ACP accomplishes its mission of "building community through the arts."

Upon the retirement of ACP's Founding Director Anne Reeves, current Executive Director Jeff Nathanson was hired in May 2005 to lead the ACP through a capital campaign, oversee the building of its Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, and provide strategic leadership for the future. Nathanson's extensive experience in arts management includes past roles as President/Executive Director of the International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, NJ; Special Project Curator for the Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ; Executive Director of the Richmond Art Center in Richmond, CA; and Executive Director of ArtSpan in San Francisco, CA.

A three-year renovation of the ACP's building began in 2005. Upon its reopening, the building was named the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, in honor of the legendary singer, actor, and civil rights activist who was born in the house across the street from the ACP's arts center in downtown Princeton. The Robeson Center, designed by renowned architect Michael Graves, is twice the size of the original building and includes a gallery, theater, several multi-disciplinary art studios, and public meeting space. Every corner of the building hums with creative activity, as the Robeson Center serves as the main venue for the ACP's programming.

In recognition of the ACP's achievements, the ACP has received Citations of Excellence and designation as a Major Service Organization from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for the last eight consecutive years. The ACP's exhibition program has been recognized for three consecutive years with the People's Choice Award for Favorite Art Gallery in the state of New Jersey and the ACP has been the recipient of the NJ Governor's Award for Excellence in Arts Education.

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