The Arts Council of Princeton’s ArtReach programs provide weekly art experiences for more than 125 underserved and low-income students in Princeton Public Schools, from Pre-K through Middle School. Through hands-on instruction and bilingual learning, these art experiences are designed to encourage creative self-expression, promote self-esteem, and enhance community well-being.
The Arts Council serves Princeton Nursery School with twice-weekly, age-appropriate arts instruction that runs throughout the school year.
Princeton Nursery School (PNS) is an educational preschool and child care facility for children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 5 years. Located just blocks from the Arts Council, PNS is nestled in the heart of the historic Witherspoon-Jackson community of Princeton.
Celebrating 89 years of service to the community, it is the mission of Princeton Nursery School to provide a quality preschool education program and child care for families in need, providing a diverse environment and a broad array of support services.
The Arts Council believes that access to the arts is fundamental to healthy childhood development. It enhances spatial awareness, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving skills. And it offers each child, regardless of their circumstances, the opportunity for creative self-expression. Through bilingual instruction, this program also serves to build English language vocabulary and includes family-oriented study guides.
The Arts Council provides neighborhood children enrolled in the Princeton Young Achievers program with 34 weeks of free, professionally-led arts instruction during our Creative Fridays sessions.
Creative Fridays include projects in ceramics, painting and other visual arts, performing arts and drama, poetry, music, and dance. Bilingual instruction encourages children to further develop language skills and ultimately improve performance in school.
smART kids is a dedicated experience for kids ages 10-13 from low to moderate income families looking for opportunities to create! smART kids meets twice weekly at the Arts Council of Princeton to explore art-making through drawing & painting, clay, mixed media, and more.
Homework help is provided while attendees enjoy snacks, meeting new people, and a creative and supportive environment. Supplies included!
Registration for the Fall 2022 semester of smART Kids will be available later this summer. Questions? Call Jean at 609.924.8777.
The Arts Council of Princeton is thrilled to introduce a free class for LGBTQ+ Teens & Allies. In this experimental eight-week class, teens will work collaboratively to create and complete a graphic novel. Led by teaching artist and queer activist Rashad Malik Davis, this FREE class uses the process of creating a narrative and characters and to explore issues of gender identity, self-expression, and acceptance in a safe and creative space. Click here to register.