Princeton Chronicles Princeton Chronicles PHS Group
June 25 - July 30
On view in the Solley Theater Lobby.
Today’s Princeton exists because of the many individuals who have worked hard to better our community. These special individuals contributed to our society in an assortment of ways—as scholars, inventors, educators, activists, lawyers, artists, or by just being good, kind neighbors.
Many of these individuals lived in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood. Unknown to many Princetonians who benefit from the legacy of their hard work, these local heroes will eventually become lost in history without proper recognition. By losing remembrance, we lose the story of how our town was shaped and has grown.
These individuals’ stories are a crucial cornerstone in the advancement of our community, and without awareness of them, future generations could lose a major source of personal inspiration and motivation. Princeton Chronicles imagines members in our community and beyond, walking through town and pausing to view artistic portraits of our local heroes. Imagine, after reading these motivational stories, the public also becoming inspired to serve as active members of our community. Our mission is to commemorate and raise awareness of these prominent Princetonians who have impacted our town through informative, involving, and innovative public art.
Princeton Chronicles consists of Princeton High School students using their talents to create meaningful art work. We consist of a team of student researchers and artists. Our researchers delve into the historical archives at the Princeton Public Library, Princeton University’s Libraries, the Princeton Historical Society, and local historian, Shirley Satterfield, to collect information regarding selected Princetonians. Our artists are guided by a professional artist, Dressler Smith, from initial concept to the final portraits, and are furthermore supported by the Arts Council of Princeton, Art Pride NJ, members of Princeton High School art faculty and you, the public.
Princeton Chronicles’ murals will raise awareness in a fresh and creative way. The murals will be in the format of individual portraits with accompanying text relating a personal story. The portrait murals will be painted in the studio on parachute cloth and then installed in designated locations throughout the W-J neighborhood. Passersby will have easy access to information regarding these significant people and the lives they lived.
Through its blog and social media sites, Princeton Chronicles will create an online platform that will primarily serve to keep the public updated on the progress of the murals project. In addition, the blog will host an archive of Princetonians, researched by our own team, and featured in the portraits.
The blog will also provide a way for our community to suggest additional people to be incorporated into the project and provide public feedback on this exhibition. We also invite you to use the suggestion box provided for feedback.
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