If you’ve been enjoying the warm summer days in Princeton, you may have noticed something new “pop” up on Palmer Square. The Arts Council of Princeton’s new Pop In space at 10 Hulfish Street has given the public another setting this summer to invest in their creative energy by offering donation-based workshops in interests ranging from the arts, robotics, the environment, toys, and more!
The Arts Council kicked off Pop In programming on July 20 with the Affirmative Art Project. This free, all-ages workshop encouraged participants to put their dreams on paper and collaboratively come up with the active steps to fulfill them. The week after, the Sustainable Princeton held a Bike Repair Clinic in the Pop In space, where anyone could ask questions about basic bike maintenance or even receive help to fix a broken bicycle. As you may be able to tell by now, this space will be host to a very wide variety of interests this summer!
If you missed those workshops, don’t worry! There are plenty of Pop In opportunities scheduled for the rest of the summer.
WOW! (Wonders of Water) Workshops, hosted by Stonybrook-Millstone Watershed, runs every Thursday from 11-2pm. Kids and adults alike are given the chance to learn about our streams and how we can all do our part to help prevent water pollution and flooding. Demonstrations at various stations include stream critters, water conservation, polluted stormwater runoff, rain barrels, and an enviroscape that allows children to get their hands dirty learning about clean water.
Art of Journaling Workshops are run by artist Megan Quinlan and jaZams and will take place every Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm. This class is an introduction to the world of art journaling. All levels can enjoy exploring the various techniques to create beautiful spreads in their art journals. Students will have access to many different mediums to allow them to learn different techniques including collage, image transfers, ink, and watercolor to create beautiful and inspiring pages.
Sustainable Princeton returns to the Pop In space on Thursday, August 10 from 5:30-7:30pm for a Bringing Light to Repurposed Threads workshop. Ever thought about how interesting it would be to sew LEDs into your clothing? Join us to learn how to make a LED keychain out of re-purposed fabric. Participants will build a simple circuit and embed a LED light into a fabric keychain!
On Sunday, August 13, the Pop In space was packed for the Creative Card-Making Workshop, hosted by the Princeton Public Library. Librarian Janie Hermann and local card maker/paper crafter Linda Willimer lead a wonderful afternoon of creativity and fun.
“I’m looking forward to bringing more public art to downtown Princeton,” said ACP artistic director, Maria Evans. “Palmer Square’s generous donation of the Pop In space dovetails so nicely into the parklet and gives us another chance to work with exciting collaborators. Our programming partnerships will ensure an appealing schedule for the Pop In that will meet our town’s diverse interests.”
For more information and a schedule of upcoming workshops, click here.
We hope to see you Pop In soon!
-The ACP Marketing Team