The Arts Council of Princeton, in collaboration with the students of Princeton University and the town of Princeton, presents the 47th annual Communiversity ArtsFest on Sunday, April 30, from 1-6pm. Returning Title Sponsor, Bai, will have a major presence at the well-orchestrated town and gown festival with art activities and Bai beverages on Palmer Square Green and a booth with Bai beverages on Nassau Street. The ArtsFest is a combination of local performers, artists, crafters, merchants, community groups, and volunteers that make up the community of Princeton and beyond.
“We are so pleased to be partnering with Bai again this year. It’s a hometown event for us both — bringing this wonderful community together to celebrate town and gown,” said Taneshia Nash Laird, newly-appointed Executive Director of the Arts Council of Princeton, “We worked together to create fun and engaging hands-on art activities for the Bai booths that we think attendees of all ages will enjoy.”
Communiversity ArtsFest will feature six stages of non-stop live performances. Performance highlights for this year’s event include music by returning artists Lauren Marsh, The Blue Meanies, Sarah Donner, Eco Del Sur, Fresh Fire and Princeton School of Rock. Newcomers include Sarah Copley, Just 6 Hours and Helen O’Shea & the Shanakee Project. Communiversity is known for unique performers, such as the Princeton University Marching Band, Nacha Nation and flash mobs. Also scheduled to perform on stage are a variety of dance groups including newcomer The Pennington Studio and returning groups Fiesta Flamenco, Circus Place and the YWCA Dance Department.
More than 200 booths line the streets of Nassau and Witherspoon, Palmer Square and the University campus near Nassau Hall. Popular art attraction and Arts Council-sponsored activity, “Nana’s-Make-A-Mess,” is a highlight for children at Communiversity with this year’s activity being tie dye flags. Art activities at this annual station encourage kids to express their creativity with an assortment of messy materials to make their own original artwork. Other Arts Council activities include tissue paper flowers, experimenting with acrylic paint, animal portraiture, character design and more.
One of the goals of Communiversity is to inspire and engage 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 beginning May 12 at the Arts Council’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts.
“This year attendees can expect an exceptional array of unique performances, art and art activities, food from around the globe, local businesses and many nonprofit organizations. We are particularly appreciative of our sponsors, including Bai, AT&T, Baker Auto, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Palmer Square Management, KIND, Princeton Merchants Association, Visit Princeton and many more, without whom this event would not be possible,” said Ms. Nash Laird, “Communiversity is an afternoon for people to stroll the streets of Princeton enjoying the sights and sounds, participate in the many activities and enjoy great food with family and friends.” For a full list of event sponsors, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org.
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. Additional parking can be found in Princeton University’s parking lots, free and open to the public for Communiversity. Visitwww.princeton.edu/parking for details. Courtesy of event sponsor Princeton Shopping Center, a free shuttle bus will be available for attendees who park at the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 Harrison Street. The shuttle will run continuously throughout the event.
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 artscouncilorprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777