ARTWORKS was founded in 1964 as the Princeton Art Association to promote the development of an educational program in visual arts for adults and children. In 1988 we expanded to include our current studios and gallery in the Trenton Arts Center, an historic brick warehouse located in Trenton’s popular Mill Hill District. Today we offer fine arts classes in most media for students of all ages and levels of ability, from more than fifty municipalities in ten counties in the central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania region.
colavita.jpg (60561 bytes)ARTWORKS classes are unique in several ways. Small class sizes enable our instructors to give personalized attention, helping students develop their artistic awareness and personal style. Classes are taught in a studio environment by highly qualified professional artists. Lectures, special trips, open studios, and special “artists opportunity” bulletin boards are just some of the other arts programming that help make ARTWORKS the community center for art lovers that it is today.
We mount professional art exhibits highlighting the works of contemporary artists in the region in our spacious gallery year-round, and occasionally bring shows to affiliated venues such as Merrill Lynch, Tucker Anthony, Princeton Overlook, Cafe Ole and Small World Coffee. The gallery is free and open to the public. Our building also houses several resident artist studios, ensuring a direct link to the local arts community.
Another major focus for ARTWORKS is its outreach programs through which we make the joy of art available to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity. Currently we are administering two programs, Access to Art and Learning Through Art through which we have offered art lessons and learning opportunities to more than 300 Trenton school-aged children during the 1997-1998 school year. Other recent outreach projects included our Teen Mural Project (the resulting mural currently graces the side of our building) and the Special Needs Art Sampler classes which offer art opportunities to physically and developmentally disable students.
Visitors are always welcome. For more information call (609) 394-9436.