The Arts Council of Princeton, in collaboration with the students of Princeton University and the town of Princeton, presents the 46th annual Communiversity ArtsFest on Sunday, April 17th from 1-6pm. The festival is a well-orchestrated combination of local and student performers, artists and crafters, chefs, merchants, community groups and volunteers that make up the community of Princeton and beyond.
Communiversity ArtsFest will once again feature six stages of non-stop live performances. Performance highlights for this year’s event include music by returning artists Fresh Fire, Sarah Donner, Princeton School of Rock, and Lauren Marsh. Communiversity is known for memorable performers, such as the Princeton University Marching Band and Stone Soup Circus, parading the streets. Also scheduled to perform on stage are a variety of dance groups including Fiesta Flamenco, ARB/Princeton Ballet School, the YWCA Dance Department, and diSiac Dance Company.
Over 200 booths occupy the event along Nassau and Witherspoon Streets, Palmer Square and the University campus near Nassau Hall. Ever-popular art attraction and Arts Council-sponsored activity, “Nana’s-Make-A-Mess,” is a highlight for children at Communiversity. Art activities at this station enable kids to express their creativity with an assortment of messy materials to make their own original artwork.
One of the goals of Communiversity is to inspire, engage and foster creativity among its attendees. The “Paint Out Princeton” project has been a huge success over the years and will be back again this year with talented local painters capturing the excitement of Communiversity. The finished artwork will be on display and open to the public from April 22 through May 21 at the Arts Council’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. There will be a closing reception on Saturday, May 21 from 3-5pm.
The Arts Council’s Spring 2016 Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence, Diana Weymar, will host a hands-on stitching workshop in the Taplin Gallery at the Robeson Center for the Arts from 1-6pm. Weymar’s Residency project entitled Interwoven Stories calls Princeton residents to stitch about a favorite Princeton memory or personal story on a pre-made fabric 3holed lined “page”. These pages will be combined to make one large collaborative piece, which will be displayed in various locations in Princeton. For more about Diana Weymar’s Residency, please visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.
“Attendees can expect a colorful combination of art, performances, international food, local merchants and nonprofit organizations,” said, Jeff Nathanson, Arts Council of Princeton’s Executive Director. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to spend an afternoon listening to music, eating great food and participating in family-friendly activities.”
Communiversity ArtsFest takes place in the heart of Downtown Princeton with many street parking options including parking garages – the Chambers and Hulfish Garages can both be accessed via Chambers Street and the Spring Street garage can be accessed via Wiggins Street. EDENS, owner and operator of Princeton Shopping Center, is sponsoring a Communiversity shuttle that will transport passengers from the Shopping Center to the festival entrance at the corner of Wiggins and Witherspoon Streets from 12:30-6:30pm. Look for shuttle signage at shuttle pick-up locations. Additional parking can be found in Princeton University’s parking lots, free and open to the public for Communiversity. Visit www.princeton.edu/parking for details.
The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission of Building Community through the Arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, designed by architect Michael Graves, the ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in a wide range of media. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region. For more information, visit www.artscouncilorprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777.