aMUSE (formerly UnderAGE)


For over twenty-five years, the Arts Council of Princeton has proudly published an annual spring anthology, aMuse (formerly called UnderAGE), celebrating the creative talent of students in grades K-12. aMuse includes poems, prose and artwork by students in Princeton, the immediately surrounding communities, and Trenton. The work is solicited, beginning in January, directly from teachers of art and English in both public and private schools.

There is no cost to submit material for the publication, and each student who is published receives a complimentary copy of the book. All submissions, accepted in English and Spanish, are professionally reviewed and edited together with the artwork into a soft-bound volume. In the twenty-five years that the anthology has been published, close to two thousand talented students have been showcased.

Students whose work is chosen for publication are invited to read or exhibit their artwork at a publication party in early June, to which their parents, teachers and the local press are invited. In years past, as many as 400 people have attended the publication party. The ACP is delighted to offer regional students this opportunity to hone their voices through the prisms of art and literature, and to display their creativity in a public venue, where they can be part of a larger community of writers and artists.

DONATE Thank you for your tax-deductible gift (indicate “aMuse” in special instructions).

The publication of aMuse would not be possible without a generous gift from Wendy Benchley, in memory of Peter Benchley. We thank the following funders for their support of aMuse in 2015/16: Wendy Benchley & John Jeppson • Helena & Peter Bienstock • Rahul Deshmukh • Brigid Doherty & Paolo Morante • Imme & Freeman Dyson • Terri & Jonathan Epstein • Alan Gebele • Mary & Edmund Keeley • Ingrid & Marvin Reed • Anne Reeves • Wenda Rottweiler & Lee Beckerman • Lenore & Elliott Sylvan • New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Related Events:

aMuse Publication Party — K-6th grade
June 2, 2016 – 5:30pm

aMuse Publication Party — 7-12th grade
June 2, 2016 – 7:00pm

Kathleen Preziosi (right) presents award to 2014 participant

Kathleen Preziosi (right) presents award to 2014 participant


One of the writers reading his work, 2014

2014 participant presenting his work


One of the writers reading her work, 2013

2013 participant presenting her work