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.
In this free class for LGBTQ+ teens & allies, students will work collaboratively to create and complete a graphic novel. These sessions will cover 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.
smART kids has provided over 90 afternoons of hands-on art making, homework help, and healthy snacks to middle schoolers in our community. Many of our smART Kids face a myriad of daily challenges, among them are food and housing insecurity. This semester, five of our families are facing the threat of eviction. While the smART Kids program can’t solve these problems, it does offer a safe and nurturing space for students to explore new and productive forms of self-expression alongside their peers. It also provides parents with some breathing room during the week to work and catch up, secure in the knowledge that their child is well cared for. The ACP has become a place of comfort and support for these students. As we continue to adapt and improve this program, we look for ways to provide this same embrace to our smART Kid parents and family members. The smART kids program plays an increasingly important role in our work to build community through the arts.
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.