Welcome to our Meet the ACP Staff blog series! This is our way of introducing the community to the incredible individuals behind the day-to-day operations of the Arts Council of Princeton.
Meet Erin Armington, the Arts Council of Princeton’s Office Administrator.
You wear many hats at the ACP. What is your favorite part about your role?
EA: As Office Administrator, I am involved with rentals, membership, ticketing, birthday parties, and so many other functions of the Arts Council. I enjoy playing a part in almost everything that goes on here – from helping out at our Robeson Center Live! Concert Series, annual Summer Camp, and all of our exciting public art projects. It definitely keeps every day interesting! I also love working with volunteers, helping them to find their niche at the Arts Council, and I’m excited to make some new changes in the ACP volunteer program in the coming months!
What is your career background, training, school, etc?
EA: I attended Rutgers University New Brunswick and graduated in 2011. Go RU!
If you did not work at the Arts Council, what do you think would be your alternate career?
EA: If I were not working at the ACP, I would definitely be working with people, especially children and youth. I love inspiring, encouraging, and supporting others.
You took a Book Illustration class with wonderful ACP instructor Barbara DiLorenzo during the winter semester. Have you always been making art?
EA: I have always loved art and been around art, especially crafts and stories. While I was growing up my grandparents were professional ‘crafters’. They had a shop in Belfast, Maine where they sold handmade leather products, quilts and paintings. They would spend their weekends selling at craft fairs, and their weeks making handmade leather belts and watercolors. Visiting their home was like going to an art museum!
In my neighborhood growing up, we spent all of our free time writing stories, illustrating our own comics, sewing little creatures, and making up languages. A friend and I set up our own mini carnival for the neighborhood kids, and another time we went into the doll-making business. That friend now lives in South Korea and 15 years later we still send each other the most elaborate creative snail mail – art in letter form! We were nonstop imagination geeks!
What is one thing about you that might surprise people?
EA: Perhaps that I live in a House of Hospitality (think Real World, with much less drama and and more cute house dinners), and that I pet-sat a sugar glider for 3 months.
I can’t live without …
EA: Good friends, a notebook, and a well sharpened pencil
My favorite musician is …
EA: I can appreciate almost any kind of music, but for working in the office, I love O’Sheila’s “60’s, 70’s, and 80’s Hits” playlist!
The one food I’d bring on a desert island is …
EA: Trader Joe’s Quinoa Cowboy veggie burgers – my go-to easy lunch! I hope there’s a microwave on that desert island.
My colleagues are …
EA: supportive, creative, very funny, and always bringing in unhealthy homemade snacks
Art is …
EA: everything! Everyone is an artist, whether they hold a paintbrush or not. Art is community, loving others, creativity, trying new things.
If you have questions or comments for Erin Armington, you can reach her by email at earmington @artscouncilofprinceton.org.