Celebrating the Life and Legacy of MLK

by Arts Council Marketing TeamJanuary 11, 2017

The Arts Council of Princeton fulfills its mission of Building Community Through the Arts by presenting a wide range of arts and arts education programs, including free community cultural events. These programs enable and encourage attendees of all ages to be introduced to different cultures, learn about important leaders, and engage in a high-quality artistic experience. One of the ACP’s most popular and well-attended community program each year is the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day event. This year’s MLK Day event will take place

Meet Melissa Ruopp

by Arts Council Marketing TeamJanuary 6, 2017

Welcome to our new series, Meet the ACP Staff! This is our way of introducing the community to the incredible individuals behind the day-to-day operations of the Arts Council of Princeton.  First up, Melissa Ruopp (rhymes with cup!), the Arts Council of Princeton’s Education Manager. 1. What is your role at the Arts Council? MR: As the Education Manager, I manage the classes that happen at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts each semester, the after-school Art Clubs at elementary schools and class partnerships with

A Legacy of Influence

by Charles David VieraJanuary 1, 2017

The question could be asked: “Why a Philip Pearlstein : A Legacy of Influence exhibition and why the inclusion of this group of artists?” The answer lies not only in Pearlstein’s wonderful artworks, as they have been thoroughly examined over the years, but also in his teachings, to examine the effect he has had on the artwork and attitudes of those that have studied with him. Like myself, every artist in this exhibition has benefited by Pearlstein’s guidance, and all have gone on to make

Building Community Through The Arts

by Jeff NathansonDecember 28, 2016

Dear Friends, As I approach the end of the year and my tenure with the Arts Council, I find myself reflecting on the many successes we have achieved over the past 11 ½ years that I have served as Executive Director. It has taken many people with vision, determination and dedication to achieve, and exceed, the goals developed almost two decades ago. I have been honored to work with so many of you in advancing our mission of Building Community Through the Arts. The reality

Investing In The Arts

by Chris MecrayDecember 19, 2016

A message from recently appointed Arts Council of Princeton Board of Trustee, Chris Mecray: Giving back to my community with either time or money is both a fundamental obligation and a privilege as a citizen. I actively seek local organizations for this purpose. When I became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arts Council of Princeton, I knew I was working with a special cause. The Arts Council is truly a great organization in that it makes a profound impact as an

What I Did Last Summer

by Arts Council Marketing TeamDecember 12, 2016

Part of what makes the Arts Council of Princeton so unique is the variety of educational opportunities that we are able to offer our community. While you’ve read about the profound impact of our community outreach programming including ArtsExchange and Creative Aging, we are pleased to offer, in tandem, classes and workshops for every age and interest. The ACP is especially proud of our award-winning summer camps, offering children, preteens, and teens the opportunity to immerse themselves in artistic expression in a team-building environment. This

Growing through ArtsExchange

by Barbara DiLorenzoDecember 7, 2016

In Spring of 2016, Eva Mantell approached me about taking her place as the coordinator for the ArtsExchange program with the Arts Council of Princeton. Since 1993, the ACP has partnered with HomeFront of Trenton to provide weekly, year-round arts instruction to more than 75 children whose families are currently living in transient circumstances. I enjoy teaching classes at the Arts Council, and thought the endeavor sounded like fun. Eva suggested that I sit in on a few sessions so that I could see how

The Arts Council of Princeton Names Taneshia Nash Laird As New Executive Director

by Ted DeutschNovember 30, 2016

The following is an announcement sent to media on Tuesday, November 23 by Arts Council Board President, Ted Deutsch. The Arts Council of Princeton announced that after a national search, the organization has selected Taneshia Nash Laird as its new executive director. A regionally and nationally recognized leader in arts and economic development, Nash Laird will serve as the Arts Council’s third executive director since the organization’s founding in 1967. Nash Laird is currently the owner of Legacy Business Advisors, a community development consultancy that

A Note of Thanks

by Jeff NathansonNovember 16, 2016

The Arts Council of Princeton’s major annual fall gala, Dining by Design, took place this past Saturday at Grounds For Sculpture. I would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to each and every person that helped in making this very successful event truly memorable. Our event committee members, especially Event Chair Sarah Hatfield, went above and beyond to plan a truly beautiful event to benefit Arts Council of Princeton’s Community Outreach programs. Working with such a talented and dedicated group is an honor and

The History of Day of the Dead

by Oscar Torres-ReynaNovember 2, 2016

An Excerpt from Day of the Dead, A Brief In 2003, UNESCO proclaimed Mexico’s Day of the Dead Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The cultural wealth of this tradition resides in the fact that it not only blends ancient Mexican mythologies with European Catholic traditions, but it also combines all fundamental elements of Mexico’s rich culture: family, food, music, arts and crafts, and a strong sense of community. In the 3,000-year-old ancient Mexican religion, it was believed that the dead would return to earth. Mourning