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!
Individuals and companies are also eligible to rent space as Members and Community Partners. 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, elegant seated dinners, private celebrations, screenings, lectures, adult birthday celebrations, children’s birthday parties and much more.
Steps to rent space:
1. Review available rooms and studios below
2. Review rental rates
3. Check availability (at least 45 days in advance of your event)
4. Visit the space, if needed
5. Submit space request form (date(s) and space(s) will be held while you consider your options)
6. Receive a quote from and work out the details with a member of our staff
7. Once details are in place, receive and then review the contract
8. Return signed contract and 50% of balance due to officially book the space
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.
Top Floor (floor plan)
Robert L. Solley Theater
Located on the top floor of Robeson Center, the Solley Theater offers state-of-the-art technology, sound and lighting in a near-blackbox setting. Modular staging and seating allows many configurations in this venue. Six 12′ windows with blackout drapes, a dropdown full-size movie screen, professional quality speakers, a performer’s “green room,” technical support and a Steinway B grand piano are also available for use in this space. Capacity is 110 seated in a theater audience configuration, 60 seated at tables or 125 standing guests. (Lighting Diagram)
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.
The Painting Studio is located between the Anne Reeves Studio and the Solley Theater, adjacent to the Theater Lobby. This space can be used for art workshops or sittings. For events that are catered, this room is ideal for food staging and prep with a sink and ample room for work tables. Pocket doors slide open for easy access to the Anne Reeves Studio. Capacity of this space ranges from 12-20, depending on the use.
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. Capacity of this space is 50 seated guests.
Anne Reeves Studio
Named for our beloved founding director, the Anne Reeves Studio is primarily an art studio space. This room houses a large, round window that frames a picturesque view of downtown Princeton. Two large, sliding pocket doors open to the adjoining Painting Studio. Capacity of this space ranges from 20-40 guests depending on use.
Peg and Frank Taplin Gallery
The Taplin Gallery is a museum-quality space for contemporary exhibitions, changing throughout the year. The Arts Council of Princeton’s exhibition program, generally housed in the Taplin Gallery, explores pressing issues, promotes diversity and honors the work of local artists. Capacity of this space is 148 standing guests.
Barbara Boggs Sigmund Lobby
The glass-enclosed rotunda is an elegant entry into the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. This space houses the reception desk, a video information monitor that can broadcast live performances from the Solley Theater and an interactive sculpture by artist Joshua Kirsch featuring the names of over 2,000 donors to the Capital Campaign. The lobby flows into the main exhibition space, the Taplin Gallery. Capacity of this space is 40 standing guests.
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 / Outside / Off-Site
Digital Arts Studio
The Digital Arts Studio is equipped with nine Macintosh computers and software ideal for graphic design, digital photography enhancement, video editing and web design. Proximity to the darkroom makes for easy transition from traditional to digital photography.
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 and barres (during ballet season). Capacity of this space is 30 standing guests.
Michael Graves Terrace and Sculpture Garden
The courtyard area on the Witherspoon Street side of the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts was generously donated by Judith and William Scheide and named for Michael Graves, the architect who designed the renovation and expansion of the WPA-era building. Sculpture installations on the terrace change between two and four times annually. This is a delightful space for brown-bag lunches or a breakout space during a seminar. For larger events, the terrace is a gracious outdoor setting.
Kristina Johnson Pop-Up Studio
Princeton Shopping Center
310 North Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ This off-site space offers a wide-open room ideal for rehearsals and performances. Capacity of this space is 125 seated guests. Site map.