The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) (the non-profit arts organization housed in the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts), is pleased to offer rental space for artists, arts educators, local non-profits and community groups. From recitals to rehearsals and performances, the Robeson Center for the Arts makes an outstanding venue for all the arts. Check it out today!

Income from small gatherings to large receptions supports our mission of Building Community Through the Arts! The spaces can be adapted to accommodate a wide range of events. The Paul Robeson Center is the ideal location for: corporate breakfasts and luncheons, executive retreats, business meetings, cocktail receptions, buffets, private celebrations, screenings, lectures and birthday celebrations for both adults and children.

Rentals for the fall are available on a case-by-case basis – Please submit a space request form at least 45 days before the date you are interested in. Thank you for thinking of the Arts Council!

Please note: The Arts Council of Princeton will be closely monitoring local and state safety guidelines around COVID and following current New Jersey health guidelines. Lessee needs to follow all state level mandates (masks, occupancy, social distancing, etc.) or any mandates to the same that the Arts Council determines necessary for its operations (i.e. masks, occupancy, etc.).

We require all individuals to wear masks in:

  1. Crowded indoor settings

  2. Indoor settings involving activities with close contact with others who may not be fully vaccinated

  3. Indoor settings where the vaccine status of other individuals in the setting is unknown

  4. Where an individual is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease

  5. If occupancy limits drop below 50% occupancy then the lessee may decide (with a minimum of 5 days notice) to cancel the agreement.

Steps to rent space:
1. Review available rooms and studios below
2. Review rental guide
3. Submit space request form at least 45 days before the date you are interested in. If you have not received a response within 2 days, please follow up by calling Mini Krishnan at 609.924.8777 x 108.
4. Receive a quote form and work out the details with a member of our staff.
6. Once details are in place, review contract
7. Return signed contract with the security deposit and 50% of balance due to officially book the space

The Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, downtown Princeton, NJ The Paul Robeson Center for the Arts in downtown Princeton opened to the public on June 5, 2008. The Michael Graves-designed renovation and expansion offers 17,000 square feet of galleries, studio space and performance arts space. The building is fully ADA-compliant.

Tired of the same old “cookie cutter” approach for your child’s birthday party? Have your child’s party at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts and enjoy a customized, quality art experience led by a talented art instructor! Learn more here.

Top Floor (view floor plan)

theaterRobert L. Solley Theater
Located on the top floor of Robeson Center, the Solley Theater is an excellent space for performances, recitals or corporate meetings. A Steinway B grand piano is also available for use in this space. Capacity is 100 seated in a theater audience configuration, 60 seated at tables, or 125 standing guests.

theaterlobbyTheater Lobby
The Theater Lobby is airy, with two walls of windows overlooking the sculpture garden on the Michael Graves Terrace, and is a supplementary exhibition space. The Theater Lobby can be used as a bar or refreshment station or as a registration location for your event. Capacity of this space is 60 standing guests.

paintingThe Painting Studio and The Anne Reeves Studio
Our studios – The Painting Studio and Anne Reeves Studio – are located on the second floor, by the Solley Theater, adjacent to the Theater Lobby. Named for our beloved founding director, the Anne Reeves Studio houses a large, round window that frames a picturesque view of downtown Princeton. These studios can be used for art workshops or sittings. For events that are catered, the Painting Studio is ideal for food staging and prep with a sink and ample room for work tables. Capacity ranges from 12-20, depending on the use.

communiversityCommuniversity Room
This signature round room overlooks picturesque downtown Princeton and serves as an entryway into the Anne Reeves Studio. Half of the circular wall houses the Kristina Johnson Art Library. Three round tables and sleek Design Within Reach molded wooden chairs complete this comfortable, functional, light-filled, flexible space. Comfortably seats around 30 people, depending on use of the space. 

Main Floor

Didi and Jim Burke Studio
The Didi and Jim Burke Studio is a multi-use art space for children’s and adults’ classes. This space is ideal for team-building art experiences and can be used as a breakout space in conjunction with other rooms. Capacity of this space is 20 seated guests.

Lower Level

danceDance Studio
On the lower level of the Robeson Center, the Dance Studio features a spring loaded wooden floor and an entire wall of mirrors. Also available is an upright piano for accompaniment. Capacity of this space is 30 standing guests.