Hello from the Arts Council!
We hope this finds you and your family safe and well. As you know, the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, and our in-person events, classes, and exhibitions have been cancelled or rescheduled due to COVID-19. Despite this circumstance, the Arts Council is committed to continuing to pay not only our staff but also our teaching artists. We have paid our valuable instructors through the end of the winter semester despite many of the classes have ended prematurely, and we are actively exploring ways to offer classes online in order to keep our members, the public, and instructors engaged. We know how much you value the arts and now, more than ever, art is a solace that offers a creative outlet for our hopes and fears and can provide connection in a time of isolation.
Our staff is working remotely and diligently from home, doing everything they can to fulfill our mission to Build Community through the Arts — which seems vital now. When we announced our apART together project a few weeks ago, we were met with resounding support from our community, indicating a true need for creative outlets during this time.
Sew Many Masks
With the new recommendation that everyone should wear a non-surgical mask when they go out in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arts Council is proud to launch Sew Many Masks, a process for community members to lend a hand and help increase the supply of masks. articipants are invited to join the community effort by picking up supplies to compile into a kit, and/or picking up a kit to complete a mask. The completed masks will then be available for those who need them, free of charge.
Virtual Art Classes
Zoom into art! Our talented artist-instructors will lead live, interactive art classes (at a reduced rate!) in a variety of mediums. Registration is open NOW! It’s the perfect time to learn something new or embark on a new adventure.
Princeton University Art Museum Collaboration
The Arts Council is partnering with the Princeton University Art Museum to provide free, live, online art-making experiences. These “Late Thursday” weekly drawing classes will be taught by ACP artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom. Participants can join live from their home computers; techniques will emphasize drawing with pencil and paper. Each week’s lesson will feature works from the Art Museum’s collections and will relate to the Art Museum’s weekly online curatorial lecture.
Please know that our first priority is to maintain the health and safety of our staff, instructors, members, and the general public. We’ve been in regular communications with the Municipal Health Department and are following their guidance on the best course of action for the Arts Council. You can check our website for updates as the situation changes. We hope to see you again soon. In the meantime, be well and make art.
Sarah Hatfield, Board President
Jim Levine, Interim Executive Director