Arts Council of Princeton presents Philip Pearlstein: A Legacy of Influence


A Legacy of Influence will be on view in the Arts Council’s Taplin Gallery from January 7 – March 25, 2017, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, January 7from 4-6pm and a Gallery Talk with Philip Pearlstein on Saturday, February 18 at 2pm. Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ. Parking is available in the Spring and Hulfish Street Garages and at metered parking spots along Witherspoon Street and Paul Robeson Place.

Palmer Square’s Speaker Series Provides a Unique Cultural Amenity for Discerning Residents

Palmer Square Townhomes Exterior SMALLPRINCETON, NJ, – From respected artists to renowned experts on such relevant subjects as the JOBS Act, Crowdfunding and the turmoil in Russia, the Speaker Series launched earlier this year at The Residences at Palmer Square in downtown Princeton has provided residents with personal access to dynamic and thought-provoking authorities in a private, intimate setting.

Sponsored by Palmer Square Management, which is developing The Residences at Palmer Square directly across Nassau Street from Princeton University, the Speaker Series has engaged, enlightened and entertained residents with profound insights and compelling discussions on a broad scope of issues.

“Palmer Square is surrounded by a tremendous wealth of intellect, business acumen and artistic talent, and we wanted to harness those resources in an exclusive cultural and intellectual forum for our residents,” notes David Newtown, Vice President of Palmer Square Management. “We’re catering to a discerning clientele that appreciates a sophisticated urban atmosphere and cultured environment, and events at Palmer Square like the Speaker Series resonate with them and allow residents to be a part of something truly special.”

The Speaker Series, which is hosted in one of the expansive residences at Palmer Square across from the Arts Council of Princeton, kicked off in February with Our House Your House Pop-Up Gallery which attracted an array of artists from Princeton, New York and Philadelphia. The March installment, Turmoil in Ukraine and Russia’s Uncertain Future, featured a lecture from David Satter, a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Hudson Institute and one of the world’s most prominent commentators on Russia. Local Princetonian, Chris Tyrell, headlined the May event, “Revolution in Capital Formation.” Tyrell, a JOBS Act expert and national Crowdfunding leader, addressed how the JOBS Act has fundamentally changed the way businesses of all sizes will raise capital and the effect it will have on businesses globally and in Princeton.

“It’s been a fascinating and informative compilation of topics,” Mr. Newton points out. “We will continue to look for new and creative ways to provide interesting and relevant experiences for our residents.”

The success of the Speaker Series speaks to Princeton’s unique and sought-after balance of intimate, small-town living and an internationally-acclaimed offering of education, arts and culture that is typically reserved for a much larger city. While most associate Princeton’s educational prowess with the namesake university, the area also offers a long list of renowned secondary prep schools, including The Hun School, Princeton Day School and Lawrenceville School.

Significant works of arts and world-class entertainment and cultural offerings can be found at the McCarter Theatre and Princeton University Art Museum. In addition, Princeton offers convenient commutes to New York and Philadelphia via NJ TRANSIT service.

For upscale dining and shopping, Palmer Square features more than 40 brand-name stores, boutiques, restaurants and specialty food shops, as well as the historic Nassau Inn — all ideally situated in a pedestrian-friendly setting.

Embracing the convenient, urban-inspired style of living is The Residences at Palmer Square, a collection of luxury multi-story townhomes and expansive single-level condominium flats expertly integrated into the retail landscape of Palmer Square. With 32 unique floor plans in all, buyers have myriad of living alternatives to choose from. The community’s first phase of homes comprises 25 two- and three-bedroom, single-level flats ranging from 1,623 to 4,130 square feet of living space, priced from $1.245 million to $3.4 million. The first residential phase also includes 11 two- and three-bedroom, multi-level townhomes ranging from 2,622 to 3,084 square feet priced from $1,775,000 to $2,195,000.

A limited collection of rental residences is also available, with two- and three-bedroom floor plans ranging from 1,623 to 3,195 square feet of living space. The rental residences are available with monthly rents starting at $4,800.

Steel and concrete construction offers the highest level of quality and privacy, while terraces in many homes and lushly-landscaped promenades, courtyards and common areas offer desirable outdoor space. Homeowners also enjoy indoor parking.

Custom interior features and appointments include private elevators and 10-foot first-floor ceiling heights in townhomes, nine-foot ceilings in condominiums, and tray ceilings in living and dining areas and master bedrooms. Extensive millwork, including striking fireplaces with marble hearths, pocket doors and elegant crown moldings, add style and elegance to the homes. Gourmet kitchens are notable for maple cabinets, granite countertops and Viking stainless steel appliance packages, while spa-like Master baths feature whirlpool tubs, double sinks, glass showers, and marble countertops.

“Today, few places offer the sophisticated variety of lifestyle opportunities that exist in downtown Princeton,” notes Adrienne Albert, President of The Marketing Directors, Inc., exclusive sales and marketing agent for the Residences at Palmer Square. “Here, world-renowned centers of learning co-exist with historic landmarks, refined culture, upscale shopping, and five-star restaurants. In living at The Residences at Palmer Square, you are truly in the center of it all.”

For additional information on The Residences at Palmer Square and to make a private appointment to view fully-furnished townhome and single-level model homes, please call
609-924-3884, or visit The sales center hours are 10-6pm Monday through Friday, and 11am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. The sales center is located at 112 Victoria Mews in Princeton.

No-debt performing arts festival celebrates 10th year in Princeton


via Meg Fry at NJ Biz

The Princeton Festival, a month-long community-focused cultural festival, has grown from five performing arts events in 2005 to 37 events in twelve genres in more than 10 different venues in 2013.

Last year, the festival was awarded the coveted Citation of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

And “unlike most other nonprofits in this field, The Princeton Festival has no debt and has balanced its budget every year,” said Richard Tang Yuk, artistic director and general manger.

In addition to ticket sales, year-round fundraising events, donations and grants, The Princeton Festival generates revenue through participation fees for its youth chorus training workshop, youth piano competition and choral conducting master class.

“When creating a budget, we have to project in all categories what we expect to raise,” Tang Yuk said. “We tend to be conservative in our estimation and hope for something better.”

Tang Yuk credits careful monitoring and transparency of all expenditure with the financial success of the annual festival.

“We do not rely on money that we don’t have a high probability of getting,” Tank Yuk said. “If we’re applying to a foundation that has never given us a grant before, we don’t count that (in the budget projection).”

The Princeton Festival also interacts with the community by partnering with local youth and adult ensembles and engaging students through free educational programs.

By partnering with already-established arts organizations such as JazzNights, Concordia Chamber Players and The Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, The Princeton Festival is able to share the expenditure and revenue.

“If we had to produce everything ourselves, it would cost more money and would be high-risk,” Tang Yuk said.

Part-time year-round staff helps to set up logistic matters such as auditions, fundraising events, negotiating contracts, administrative tasks, graphic design and more. When the season rolls around, The Princeton Festival often hires young people with multifaceted skill-sets as additional seasonal staff.

“As the festival has grown and our financials have improved, we try to support the operational side more each year,” said Marcia Atcheson, vice chair of the board.

Festival attendance and participation has grown each year, spurring the board to recently establish an endowment fund.

“We ask people to support us into the future because that is where we’re going to be,” Atcheson said.

Adam Perle, vice president at the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, believes The Princeton Festival contributes to the increase of tourism and spending recently seen in the Princeton region.

“Princeton is way ahead of the curve when it comes to the economic impact of arts in the region,” Perle said. “Studies suggest that visitors for the arts are on the higher end of the spending spectrum. When they visit, they shop at our stores, stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants, buy our gas and groceries — all of which factors into the economy of the Princeton region.”

According to a 2012 survey conducted by the Arts Council of Princeton, the arts and culture industry in Princeton generated more than $51 million in economic activity in 2011.

And according to an economic impact study published by Princeton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau in November of last year, tourism expenditures in the Princeton region have surpassed pre-recession levels to generate more than a record $1.85 billion in expenditures in 2012.

The Princeton Festival will run from June 7th to June 29th this year, featuring a variety of musical and theatrical performances and arts-related lectures and presentations. This year’s main event is a performance of Gershwin’s American classic opera “Porgy and Bess.”

The Princeton region includes the municipalities of Cranbury, East Windsor, Ewing, Hamilton, Hightstown, Borough of Hopewell, Hopewell Township, Village of Kingston, Lawrence, Montgomery, Pennington, Plainsboro, Borough of Princeton, Princeton Township, Robbinsville, Rocky Hilly, Trenton and West Windsor.


Pinot to Picasso ~ Vintage 2014

picassoPinot to Picasso is the Arts Council of Princeton’s (ACP) signature spring art and wine fundraiser. Approximately 500 guests attend the event which includes a salon style exhibition, gourmet tastings, wines from around the world, local beers and dancing. Proceeds support the ACP’s Community Arts Initiatives and the Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence Program.

Friday April 25, 2014
6:30 PM

winePinot to Picasso: Vintage 2014Arts Council of Princeton, Technology Center of Princeton, 330 Carter Road, Princeton, 609-924-8777
6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Tastings of food, wine, and beer from area restaurants and businesses. Art Tombola, an Italian-style prize draw, where each ticket holder ($300) goes home with a work of art. View donated works and information about the artists online. Register. $100 for the event. Dress is cocktail casual or your own assemblage.,